25: Nick Hardeman
Nick Hardeman is one of those Legislative staffers who is at the top, no matter what house he is in. He was then-Assemblywoman Toni Atkins’ chief of staff when she was Assembly speaker, then moved with her to the Senate, where she is Senate Leader and Hardeman is, not surprisingly, her chief of staff. Hardeman is virtually unknown to the general public, but he’s been in the Legislature for nearly two decades, rising through the ranks. He was also a Senate Fellow, as are many of the managers in the Capitol. There are Assembly Fellows, Senate Fellows, Coro Foundation Fellows, Executive Fellows, for starters. A chief of staff is a jack of all trades – managing personnel, tracking and pushing the boss’ legislative agenda, representing the boss at public (and private) meetings and dealing with lobbyists, among many other chores. Hardeman does them all.
Updated August 25, 2021