No. 95: Capitol Weekly’s Top 100

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95. Greg Campbell
Greg Campbell spent more than 20 years as a leg staffer, much of that time at the top of the heap – in various leadership capacities through five speakerships. He is the only person to have been chief of staff to two successive Assembly Speakers (Toni Atkins and John Pérez) since the inception of the full-time Legislature, and has close ties to Jim DeBoo from those days. Campbell left the building in 2015 to launch Campbell Strategy and Advocacy, a lobbying firm that quickly put together a top-tier client list heavy on utilities (PG&E), telecom (Comcast, Cox), and sports (MLB, NBA, PGA.) In 2013, Campbell underwent major surgery to remove a non-cancerous brain tumor, leading to an incident that has become part of his legend: The phone rang at his bedside; it was Gov. Brown, asking if there was anything he could do. Ever the political staffer, Campbell said, yes, sign my boss’ bill to expand Medi-Cal coverage.

Updated Aug. 25, 2o21

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