30. Daniel Alvarez
Daniel Alvarez is the Secretary of the Senate, which is a lofty title for administrator. He makes sure the trains run on time. He watches spending and takes out the knife if he needs to. He maintains legislative records. He’s a personnel manager. He has control over office space — an important power in the Capitol, which is honeycombed with cramped, sweaty offices. Alvarez, who started at the Legislative Analyst’s Office and worked at the Assembly fiscal committees, is a veteran of the Senate. But the Senate now has a new leader, Toni Atkins, and new leaders often bring their own people in. Thus far, that hasn’t happened, and Alvarez remains in the saddle. But there could be changes. “Stay tuned,” one staffer said.
Updated Aug. 15, 2o18