Andrew K. Antwih offers years of experience as one of Sacramento’s most respected Capitol staffers, a wealth of policy and budget knowledge, wide-ranging political contacts, and acknowledged and admired advocacy skills. Andrew’s stellar reputation among Sacramento decision makers was acknowledged in 2018 by his inclusion in Capitol Weekly’s Top 100, an annual record of “people who aren’t elected to office, but who wield decisive influence on California politics or policy.”
Andrew first joined the team in 2008 and became a partner in the firm the following year. Previously, he served as Mayor Antonio R. Villaraigosa’s Chief Legislative Representative for the City of Los Angeles, overseeing a comprehensive local government lobbying effort in all areas of state public policy of interest to the City of Los Angeles. This included a focus on the City’s transportation infrastructure, homeland security, education, water, and economic development needs. In that role, Andrew advised and developed legislative strategy for the Mayor’s Office, City Council, and City Departments; he negotiated with state regulatory departments, boards and commissions on behalf of the City; he coordinated the City’s grant funding requests; he formed coalitions with local governments and other groups with similar goals; and, he worked through the Mayor’s office to engage City departments in the preparation, analysis, revision, support and/or defeat of state legislation.
During his 12-and-a-half years working as a legislative staffer in the State Capitol, Andrew’s policy work in progressively more responsible positions included health and human services, governmental organization, insurance and transportation. His last position in the Capitol was Chief Consultant to the Assembly Transportation Committee, where he served for more than eight years, developing a rich understanding of the complex funding, planning and programming issues facing the state, regional and local transportation agencies and private sector companies in California.
A South Los Angeles native, Andrew began his career in the Legislature in 1994 as a Senate Fellow, shortly after graduating with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Government from Pomona College.