No. 46: Capitol Weekly’s Top 100

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46. Bill Wong

Bill Wong, a veteran campaign strategist, has long been a familiar figure in the Capitol. He is senior political adviser to Assembly Speaker Anthony Rendon and political director for the Assembly Democrats. The Assembly is overwhelmingly controlled by Democrats – 61 Dems, 18 Reeps and one vacancy, the largest Democratic majority since 1883 – so Wong has been doing his job well and there’s no reason to think there will be any major changes during this election cycle. In 2018, the Dems flipped five Republican seats (AD16, AD38, AD40, AD74, and AD76), and GOP Assemblyman Brian Maienschein barely won reelection and switched parties soon after. Wong, who has also steadily developed the political clout of California’s Asian American & Pacific Islander (AAPI) communities, served as chief of staff to Assemblymembers Rendon and Judy Chu, and to state Sen. Hilda L. Solis. He also has served on the board of Chinese for Affirmative Action, as an adviser to the Asian Pacific Islander Capital Association and as board Member of the Asian Pacific American Leadership Project.

Updated Aug. 11, 2020. 

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