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The 2017 Pension Political Power 25: Randel Johnson

No.16. Randel Johnson, Chairman, Senior Vice President, Labor, Immigration, and Employee Benefits, U.S. Chamber of Commerce

  • By Peter Vasiliev

16. Randel Johnson
Chairman, Senior Vice President, Labor, Immigration, and Employee Benefits, U.S. Chamber of Commerce

As the U.S. Chamber of Commerce’s head of labor, immigration, and employee benefits, Randel Johnson, 64, is set to be one of the busiest lobbyists in Washington. Hands down the nation’s largest lobbying group by spending, and the go-to voice of business, the Chamber almost always has a better chance of advancing its agenda with a Republican president, let alone with a self-described business leader and deal maker like Donald Trump. The group, which views itself as a custodian of ERISA, supported the reforms to the multiemployeer retirement system that passed in 2014 and opposes higher Pension Benefit Guaranty Corp. premiums. In December, Johnson and his staff published a wish list of retirement policy changes. A top priority: fixing the multiemployer mess. The Chamber also wants to see ERISA cover the emerging network of state-based solutions to private sector pensions. — Jess Delaney


The 2017 Pension Political Power 25

1. Andy Puzder
Secretary of Labor
2. Bruce Rauner
Governor of Illinois
3. Betsy DeVos
Secretary of Education
4. Laura & John Arnold
Founders,
Laura and John Arnold Foundation
5. Steven Mnuchin
Secretary of the Treasury
6. Wilbur Ross
Secretary of Commerce
7. Tani Cantil-Sakauye
California Chief Justice
8. Paul Ryan
Speaker of the House
9. Anthony Scaramucci
Founder, SkyBridge Capital
10. Kevin de León
California State Senator and President Pro Tempore
11. Mike Enzi
Chairman, Senate Subcommittee on Primary Health and Retirement Security
12. Steve Sweeney
President,
New Jersey State Senate
13. Jerry Brown
Governor of California
14. Corey Lewandowski
Co-founder, Avenue Strategies
15. Paul Singer
President,
Elliott Management Corp.
16. Randel Johnson
Senior Vice President, Labor, Immigration, and Employee Benefits, U.S. Chamber of Commerce
17. Joe Manchin
U.S. Senator
18. Kenneth Feinberg
Founder and managingpartner, Feinberg Rozen
19. Scott Walker
Governor of Wisconsin
20. Richard Trumka
President, AFL-CIO
21. Mike Rawlings
Mayor of Dallas
22. Elizabeth Warren
U.S. Senator
23. Kent Mason
Partner,
Davis & Harman
24. Bernie Sanders
U.S. Senator
25. Randi Weingarten
President, American Federation of Teachers

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