86. Minnie Santillan
As chief of staff to Assembly Henry Perea, D-Fresno, Minnie Santillan is in a key slot in the Capitol. A Republican we know described Perea as the “second-most powerful member of the Assembly after the speaker,” and it’s not hard to see why. Perea, a leader of the business-friendly group known as the “new Democrats,” has shown political moxie, and it’s no accident that he chose Santillan as his chief of staff. Santillan knows Central Valley politics. One of 11 children, she majored in criminology at Fresno State, worked for the California Voter Registration Project and has handled multiple Assembly, Senate and congressional campaigns up and down the valley. She was a consultant to former Speaker Fabian Nuñez and the chief consultant to the Latino Legislative Caucus.
Updated Aug. 25, 2o15