55. Steve Maviglio
Few Capitol figures can boast a background in politics as varied as Steve Maviglio. And his track record shows it: He wins and loses, but mostly wins. This year helped thwart a plan to divide California into three parts and helped an effort to reach a settlement in the major privacy fight that kept the measure from the November ballot. His top clients include the Environmental Defense Fund and Californians for Retirement Security, which advocates against pension cuts. Maviglio was the spokesman for former Gov. Gray Davis, deputy chief of staff for Assembly Speakers Fabián Núñez and Karen Bass, and was a communications consultant for a third, John Pérez. He’s worked on 25 ballot campaigns in 15 years, and his clients have included Tesla and AT&T. In Washington, Maviglio was executive director of the House Democratic Caucus. And if all that wasn’t enough, Maviglio started out in politics on the other side of the continent as a member of New Hampshire’s House of Representatives, where he served three terms.
Updated Aug. 15, 2018