No. 65: Capitol Weekly’s Top 100

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65. Henry Perea

Henry Perea, often described as a “business friendly” Democrat who spent five years in the Assembly, has a mouthful of a title: He is the senior vice president for policy and strategic affairs at the Western States Petroleum Association, which represents oil producers large and small. Perea’s title means he devises and coordinates communications strategy and lobbying, and serves as the point person for WSPA – pronounced “whispuh” – in the Legislature as he mingles with former colleagues. After he left the Assembly – a move that caused surprise in the Capitol – he went to PhRMA, the pharmaceutical industry trade group, and left there
to go to WSPA in 2017. Perea went to Fresno State and USC’s Price School, unsuccessfully ran for
mayor in Fresno in 2008. While in the Assembly,
he represented the 31st District.

Updated Aug. 11, 2020

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