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

Author(s): Chris Micheli

Edition: 1

Copyright: 2022

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As a former colleague, Carl Brakensiek said, “A book of memoirs from seasoned lobbyists is long overdue and will be a significant addition to the lore.”

Based on the author's past twenty-five years as a lobbyist at California’s State Capitol, Chris Micheli, shares stories from colleagues and observations over the years. 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.

Perspectives on State Lobbying in California: Essays by Advocates in California's Capitol captures some of experiences and advice from seasoned professionals so that those individuals who are now lobbyists, and those who will enter the profession in the years to come, can benefit from the knowledge these individuals have and are willing to share.

The author acknowledges and thanks former and current colleagues who wrote essays for this book. This book contains the essays of those who were willing to share their stories and their advice for those who are in the profession or who are contemplating a career as a lobbyist. This book is a simple compilation of their stories.

  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

Chris Micheli

Chris Micheli is a founding partner of the Sacramento governmental relations and advocacy firm of Aprea & Micheli, Inc. As a legislative advocate, Micheli frequently testifies before policy and fiscal committees of the California Legislature, as well as a number of administrative agencies, departments, boards, and commissions. He regularly drafts legislative and regulatory language and is considered a leading authority on state tax law developments, California's knife laws, and the state legislative process. The Wall Street Journal called him "one of the top three business tax lobbyists in the state" and the Los Angeles Times described him as an "elite lobbyist."

Over the last twenty years, he has published hundreds of articles and editorials in professional journals, newspapers, and trade magazines, whose diverse subjects range from tax incentives to transportation funding. He wrote a bi-monthly column on civil justice reform for five years for The Daily Recorder, Sacramento's daily legal newspaper. He has served on the editorial advisory board for CCH's State Income Tax Alert, a nationwide publication, as well as State Income Tax Monitor, another national newsletter, and Sacramento Lawyer, a monthly legal journal.

Micheli has been an attorney of record in several key cases, having argued before the Supreme Court of California (just two years out of law school), as well as the Court of Appeal several times. He has filed more than fifteen amicus curiae briefs in California courts and is admitted to practice law before all of the state and federal courts in the state.

He has published six peer-reviewed law review articles and is the co-editor and co-author of the book “A Practitioner’s Guide to Lobbying and Advocacy in California,” as well as the author of “Understanding the California Legislative Process,” both published in 2020 by Kendall-Hunt Publishing Company. His most recently-published books released in 2021 are “Introduction to California Government” and “An Introduction to Legislative Drafting in California.” He is also the co-author of “Guide to Executive Branch Agency Rulemaking.” He also published two law school casebooks entitled “The California Legislature and Its Legislative Process – Cases and Materials” and “Cases and Materials on Direct Democracy in California.”

He is a graduate of the University of California, Davis with a B.A. in Political Science – Public Service and the University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law with a J.D. degree. He currently serves as an Adjunct Professor of Law at McGeorge where he co-teaches the course Lawmaking in California, as well as a Lecturer in Law at the University of California, Davis, King Hall School of Law where he co-teaches the course Legislative Drafting. He resides in Sacramento, California with his wife, Liza, two daughters, Morgan and Francesca, and son, Vincenzo.


Perspectives on State Lobbying in California provides the best inside look at how the process really works in Sacramento.  In addition to shining a light on the negotiations and politicking – yes, the ‘sausage making’ – that go into shaping legislation and regulations, the book also offers a very human insight into the lives of lobbyists.  I highly recommend it for students who have any interest in California politics, and especially for those who maybe considering a career in Sacramento.
Ted Lempert, Lecturer 
Political Science Department, UC Berkeley (teaching California Politics)
President, Children Now
Former State Legislator

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