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Perspectives on State Lobbying in California: Essays by Advocates in California’s Capitol

California Globe contributor publishes new book on lobbying

By Katy Grimes, March 17, 2022 4:16 pm

Chris Micheli. (Photo: McGeorge.edu)

California Globe contributor Chris Micheli and nearly fifty of his lobbying colleagues released a new book of essays describing their experiences and advice for those interested in a lobbying career in state government. Based on Micheli’s past twenty-five years as a lobbyist at California’s State Capitol, he shares stories from colleagues and observations over the years.

The book, Perspectives on State Lobbying in California: Essays by Advocates in California’s Capitol, includes essays from 50 lobbyists working at the State Capitol.

“This is an effort to capture the stories of long-time lobbyists, even a few who have retired recently. The book shares their stories with the Capitol community,” Micheli explained. In addition to writing his own essay, Micheli got 49 current and former colleagues to write essays for the book, a first of its kind. These lobbyists’ perspectives are included in the book’s compilation of short essays.

Newer lobbyists who come after some of these individuals should know the stories of these advocates because they were among the first after California’s Legislature became a full-time lawmaking body in the late 1960s.

Table of Contents

    1. Shari McHugh
    2. Maureen O’Haren
    3. Fred Taugher
    4. Robert Naylor
    5. Bob Achermann
    6. Jim Cassie
    7. Paula Treat
    8. Caitlin Vega
    9. Bev Hansen
    10. Paul Gladfelty
    11. Donna Pane
    12. Josh Pane
    13. Barry Broad
    14. Phil Vermeulen
    15. Jerry Meral
    16. Maureen Higgins
    17. Linda Muir
    18. Billy Rutland
    19. Hedy Govenor
    20. Cliff Berg
    21. Dennis Loper
    22. Mike Belote
    23. Dan C. Dunmoyer
    24. Chris Micheli
    25. Louie Brown
    26. Rand Martin
    27. Maurine Padden
    28. Tim Hart 
    29. V. John White
    30. Jim Gross
    31. Eileen Reynolds
    32. Karen Coker Keeslar 
    33. Jennifer Fearing
    34. Tony Gonzalez
    35. Kathryn C. Rees
    36. David Walrath
    37. Christy Bouma
    38. Alexander Creel
    39. Cesar Diaz
    40. Lenny Goldberg
    41. Dominic Dimare
    42. Kathy Van Osten
    43. Lance Hastings
    44. Terry McHale
    45. Joseph Cruz
    46. Skip Daum
    47. Ray LeBov
    48. Jon Ross
    49. Samantha Corbin
    50. Bob Giroux

The book can be purchased from KendallHunt Publishing Company. 

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