No. 88: Capitol Weekly’s Top 100

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88. John Garcia

Founded in California in 1945, Kaiser Permanente is a massive player in U.S. health care, serving over 12 million members through 700 medical facilities, and a network of 23,000 physicians, 63,000 nurses and 220,000 employees. As vice president for Kaiser Permanente in Sacramento, John Garcia makes sure that Kaiser thrives in the Capitol. He lobbies for a far-flung medical organization made up of Kaiser Foundation Health Plan, Inc., Kaiser Foundation Hospitals, The Permanente Medical Group and Southern California Permanente Medical Group. He is a 20-year veteran of Kaiser Permanente, but even before that was involved in politics, serving as a field representative for Democratic congressman Pete Stark. Earlier, Garcia was the community educator for the City of Hayward. He has also done pro bono work for organizations ranging from the Foundation for Children Without Homes to the Latino Community Foundation to the Monterey Jazz Festival. He is a graduate of California State University at Hayward, majoring in, what else, political science.

Updated Aug. 11, 2020

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