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The 2017 Pension Political Power 25: Kevin de León

< 25 Top Pension Power Players10. Kevin de LeónCalifornia State Senator and President Pro Tempore

State Senator Kevin de León has been the driving force behind the California Secure Choice Retirement Savings Program, designed to cover almost 7 million full-time private sector workers with no access to a workplace plan. Under the leadership of Senate President Pro Tempore de Leon, California became the first state to enact legislation to launch a new kind of affordable, portable savings vehicle. The law created a board, which ordered a market analysis and a feasibility study, both finalized last year. De León, 50, traveled to Washington with State Treasurer John Chiang to make sure California was in compliance with federal regulations. Another big victory has been acceptance of the new plan by employer and insurance industry groups. Though Governor Jerry Brown’s impending lame-duck status makes the ambitious pro tempore all the more powerful, de León’s signature legislation is facing pushback from the new powers in Washington. — 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