Capitol Weekly’s Top 100: Ten Years And Counting

A lot has changed in California politics over the last ten years. We have gone from a novice celebrity governor to a seasoned hand to our first Gen X executive. We’ve seen record budget deficits and record surpluses. We have transitioned to a plurality Latino state and have seen the gap between haves and have-nots grow larger than ever before.

68. Rob Lapsley

The California Business Roundtable, a pro-business nonprofit, does a lot of things: economic research and projections, taxation research, data crunching, political analysis, environmental and education research, regulatory analysis, and much more. Rob Lapsley, well regarded in the Capitol on both sides of the aisle, has been president of the Roundtable since 2011. Lapsley, an Air Force veteran, has solid political chops — he used to be political director at the California Chamber of Commerce — so he knows the ins and outs of the Capitol’s political wars, a definite help in deeply blue state where pro-business advocates are viewed with suspicion. Lapsley served as chief of staff to former California Secretary of State Bill Jones, a Republican and one of California’s last Republican statewide officeholders.

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