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The 2017 Pension Political Power 25: Richard Trumka

< 25 Top Pension Power Players20. Richard TrumkaPresident, AFL-CIO

Since Richard Trumka’s 2009 election as president of the 12.5 million-­member AFL-CIO, the largest organization of labor unions in the U.S., his job has only gotten more difficult. Even before Donald Trump was elected along with a Republican majority in both houses of Congress, unions — and traditional pensions — were under assault. Trumka, 67, comes from a family of coal miners and worked in the Pennsylvania mines before earning a law degree from Villanova University in 1974 to help achieve his childhood goal of aiding miners. Fair wages and pension benefits for union members are key issues for Trumka, a founding member of the National Public Pension Coalition, which fights to protect public sector workers’ pensions and has been at the forefront of pushing for an expansion of Social Security. — 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