Capitol Weekly’s Top 100: Susan Santana

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22.  Susan Santana

AT&T has long maintained a major lobbying force in the Capitol, not only with its own in-house players, but with other prominent advocates hired to flood the zone when big bills are up for votes and amendments. Those include others on this list and that’s where Susan Santana comes in: Santana is AT&T’s lobbying director in Sacramento. She’s no longer a registered lobbyist herself, but she deploys the forces. AT&T’s advocacy role is perhaps best known for its sponsorship of the Speaker’s Cup, the golfing get-together that raises money for Democrats, although its influence is felt in myriad ways throughout the Capitol. Her official title is Vice President, California Legislative Affairs, for AT&T and she replaced AT&T’s long-time point-person Bill Devine, for years a well-known figure in the Capitol. Santana has a real by-her-bootstraps backstory, going from bagging groceries in Chula Vista to UC Berkeley and then on law school at UCLA. She joined AT&T in 2007, where she lobbied congress in DC for 10 years before coming to Sacramento.

Updated Aug. 15, 2023.

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