“The influx of new blood in the legislature also has ushered in a record-setting group of 22 lobbyists ranked among the most influential for the first time,” says Amy Strecker, Policy Analyst at the Center who compiled the rankings. “The new faces include former legislators, liaisons for departments in Governor Perdue’s administration, and corporate lobbyists,” she says. Newcomers joining Fetzer, Wilson, and Broughton among those ranked most influential are Joe Lanier (15th), Jim Harrell III (19th), Dana Cope (25th), Courtney Crowder (28th), Beau Memory (29th), Laura DeVivo (33rd), Pryor Gibson (39th), John Cooper (40th), Amy Bason (45th), Jason Deans (46th), Tony Solari (47th), Rose Williams (50th), Sharnese Ransome (52nd), Jessica Hayes (54th), Brad Phillips (55th), Doug Heron (57th), Daniel Baum (58th), Herb Crenshaw (59th), and Steve Brewer (60th).
Harrell and Gibson are former legislators. Gibson now serves with Crowder as legislative liaisons for Gov. Beverly Perdue. Memory is legislative liaison for the N.C. Department of Transportation, and Ransome is liaison for the N.C. Department of Health and Human Services. Lanier, DeVivo, Cooper, Deans, and Baum are contract lobbyists with multiple clients.