33. Kimberly Rodriguez
Kimberly Rodriguez, who has worked in the Capitol for more than two decades, is the policy director for Senate Leader Toni Atkins, which means she coordinates Atkins’ legislative efforts, manages an 11-person staff of consultants for the Senate’s Democratic Caucus and helps navigate the obstacles of the Senate to win support for her Atkins’ legislative package. Like all top jobs in the Capitol, no matter what the formal description, Rodriguez’ task is a mix of politics and policy, plus keeping track of the crucial changes and amendments leading up to the final version. It’s not like there isn’t a lot to do here: Up to 1,600 bills are introduced during a two-year session – legislators in both houses are limited to 40 bills each – and Rodriguez has her work cut out for her. Not only does she have to keep a close eye on Atkins’ bills, she has to track the Democrats’ legislative efforts and keep them moving.