58. Kevin Sloat
Kevin Sloat’s lobbying firm – Sloat Higgins Jensen and Associates – is a top-drawer outfit with deep roots in the Capitol. The firm has some five dozen clients, including Yocha Dehe Wintun Nation, California Business Roundtable, BMW of North America, PG&E, Anheuser-Busch, the California Trucking Association, Foster Farms and the Metropolitan Water District of Southern California, among others. Sloat was former Gov. Pete Wilson’s legislative secretary, a job that entails pushing the governor’s agenda, negotiating legislation with often balky lawmakers and keeping a close eye on what those legislators are up to. After leaving Wilson in 1997, he launched his own lobbying firm and hasn’t looked back.
Updated Aug. 11, 2020