Capitol Weekly’s Top 100: John Latimer

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60. John Latimer

John Latimer worked in the Legislature as a staff chief and consultant on various committees, but his early experience also involved campaign politics, which is a bit unusual on this list. He managed a number of lawmakers’ campaigns, and in 1998 he made his own bid – he actually ran for state office, a fairly unique attribute on this list. He ran for an Assembly seat in 1998, didn’t get it, and then went out and set up his own lobbying firm, which now has ten lobbyists, plus him. Together they handle a flock of clients that includes American Airlines, 7-11, Broadcom, the California Retailers Association, H&R Block, Jack in the Box, Pepsico, T-Mobile, Verizon, and others – many others.

Updated Aug. 9, 2022

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