Capitol Weekly’s Top 100: Henry Perea

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47. Henry Perea

Henry Perea handles West Coast Government Affairs for Chevron, which means he supervises the company’s lobbying efforts, which are extensive. Perea, a former lawmaker, is based in Sacramento, but his territory his vast and he is considered a significant power player in the capitol, where fossil-fuel producers aren’t always treated gently. Perea, known as a “business friendly” Democrat when he was in the Legislature, is a much better fit here than others might be. After five years in the Assembly, Perea abruptly resigned in 2015 and went to PhRMA, but two years later he left to go to work for the Western States Petroleum Association, where he helped manage the association’s lobbying effort in Sacramento. From there, he went to Chevron, where he leads California lobbying efforts.

Updated Aug. 9, 2022

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