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No. 15: Capitol Weekly’s Top 100

15. Rusty Hicks

Rusty Hicks has had quite a ride as the head of the California Democratic Party. He took over in 2019 in the wake of the forced departure of his predecessor Eric Bauman, who was snared in a sexual harassment scandal. Later, the state slid into a pandemic, forcing the party – and just about everyone else – to reorganize operations. Amid the pandemic, a recall drive against Gov. Gavin Newsom emerged and ultimately made the statewide ballot for Sept. 14 of this year. Hicks and his members are opposing the recall, defining it as a partisan move launched by Republicans to recoup waning influence in a Blue State. Hicks, who lives in Pasadena, served as California political director of Barack Obama’s 2008 presidential campaign. He was born in Fort Worth, Texas, and attended Austin College. He came to California in 2003, and has a law degree from Loyola.

Updated Aug. 25, 2o21

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