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The 2017 Pension Political Power 25: Kent Mason

< 25 Top Pension Power Players23. Kent MasonPartner,
Davis & Harman

Since 1988, Kent Mason, a partner at law firm Davis & Harman, has lobbied on behalf of clients with vested interests in the retirement savings industry. Among the 16 names on Mason’s current roster are the American Benefits Council, whose mission is to shape corporate benefits policy, and financial services giants State Street Corp., TIAA, and Vanguard Group. Last year these clients helped earn Davis & Harman $1.2 million in fees, according to the nonprofit Center for Responsive Politics. Mason, 62, testifies for his clients before the House of Representatives, the Senate, the Department of Labor, the Internal Revenue Service, the Treasury Department, and the Pension Benefit Guaranty Corp. His recent public statements have included scathing criticism of the reissued DoL fiduciary rule and support for multiple employer retirement plans, which allow unrelated small companies to offer savings plans more economically. — Frances Denmark


 The 2017 Pension Political Power 25Click below to view profiles
1. Andy PuzderSecretary of Labor2. Bruce RaunerGovernor of Illinois3. Betsy DeVosSecretary of Education4. Laura & John ArnoldFounders,
Laura and John Arnold Foundation5. Steven MnuchinSecretary of the Treasury
6. Wilbur RossSecretary of Commerce7. Tani Cantil-SakauyeCalifornia Chief Justice8. Paul RyanSpeaker of the House9. Anthony ScaramucciFounder, SkyBridge Capital10. Kevin de LeónCalifornia State Senator and President Pro Tempore
11. Mike EnziChairman, Senate Subcommittee on Primary Health and Retirement Security12. Steve SweeneyPresident,
New Jersey State Senate13. Jerry BrownGovernor of California14. Corey LewandowskiCo-founder, Avenue Strategies15. Paul SingerPresident,
Elliott Management Corp.
16. Randel JohnsonSenior Vice President, Labor, Immigration, and Employee Benefits, U.S. Chamber of Commerce17. Joe ManchinU.S. Senator18. Kenneth FeinbergFounder and managingpartner, Feinberg Rozen19. Scott WalkerGovernor of Wisconsin20. Richard TrumkaPresident, AFL-CIO
21. Mike RawlingsMayor of Dallas22. Elizabeth WarrenU.S. Senator23. Kent MasonPartner,
Davis & Harman24. Bernie SandersU.S. Senator25. Randi WeingartenPresident, American Federation of Teachers