25: Nick Hardeman
Nick Hardeman, the chief of staff to Senate Leader Toni Atkins, has worked in the Legislature for nearly two decades, starting out as a Senate Fellow after graduating from St. Mary’s College and steadily rising through a series of increasingly important gigs. Hardeman, by the way, is one of many top legislative staffers who rose from the Fellow and internship programs. He’s worked in both houses, including a stint as chief of staff to Atkins during her role as Assembly speaker. When Atkins, a San Diego Democrat, moved to the Senate, Hardeman came along with her. 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 11, 2020