59. Joe Lang
Joe Lang is a perennial presence in Sacramento – he should be, after more than 40 years – and his blue-chip lobbying firm, Lang, Hansen, Giroux & Kidane (formerly Lang Hansen O’Malley and Miller), is a fixture in the Capitol community. His offices are ensconced in the Senator Building across L Street from the Capitol. LHG&K’s clients include FedEx, the California Business Roundtable, the California Retailers Association, DISH, the Port of San Diego, The California Trucking Association, and more. As Lang’s clients attempted to navigate the pandemic, LHG&K were put in the position of serving as a quasi “help desk.” One example: Lang helped E&J Gallo Winery — which suddenly began producing hand sanitizer — get the product out. Major issues Lang has been involved with include the comprehensive 1993 Worker’s Compensation Reform Act, the Electrical Restructuring Act of 1996 and efforts to achieve comprehensive regulation of gaming in California. Both of those laws later came in for intense criticism, particularly the latter, which many argued pave the way for California’s electricity market meltdown.
Updated Aug. 25, 2021