No. 98: Capitol Weekly’s Top 100

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98. Christy Bouma

Relatively few Californians outside the Capitol know of Christy Bouma, but if you’re involved in pushing or opposing a particular piece of legislation she’s interested in, you definitely are aware of her. As the head of the Capitol Connection lobbying firm, Bouma is the top lobbyist for the 30,000-member California Professional Firefighters, which has long been a major player in California politics. Bouma connected with CPF after an 11-year stint in Southern California as a mathematics and computer science teacher. She also represents the Consumer Attorneys of California, the ACLU and is a past president of the Institute of Governmental Advocates, a trade association for lobbyists. She was appointed by Gov. Brown to the state Commission on Health and Safety and Workers’ Compensation, a joint labor-management body charged with examining the health and safety and workers’ comp systems in California. Her term will expire at the end of 2022.

Updated Aug. 11, 2020

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