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The 2017 Pension Political Power 25: Randel Johnson

< 25 Top Pension Power Players16. Randel JohnsonChairman, 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 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