24. Rusty Hicks
Rusty Hicks is the chair of the California Democratic Party, and in a state where his party controls just about everything except scattered local governments, it’s a significant job. He took over in the summer of 2019, replacing veteran political player Eric Bauman. His first year as chair has been tough, spent partly in cleaning up after a series of sexual harassment scandals targeting Bauman, while dealing with disputes over how much information about those scandals should be publicly released. But he’s weathered the storm and now is firmly in the saddle. The youthful Hicks – he’s 40 and looks much younger – served five years as the president of the LA County Labor Federation, an important state and national political force. Hicks, who lives in Pasadena, served as California political director of Barack Obama’s 2008 presidential campaign. He was born in Fort Worth,Tex., and attended Austin College. He came to California in 2003, and has a law degree from Loyola.
Updated Aug. 11, 2o20