Chris Zgraggen joined Capitol Advocacy as a legislative analyst in 2018. Prior to joining Capitol Advocacy, Chris worked for three years as a Legislative Aide for several members in the California State Assembly. His knowledge of the legislative process provides him with the political instinct to anticipate outcomes, which gives the firm’s clients key insights as they navigate California’s political arena.
As a legislative analyst, Chris is responsible for tracking and analyzing legislation for clients, drafting position letters, monitoring informational hearings, and conducting research on a multitude of different issue areas. He also reviews budget proposals, monitors media coverage, and tracks regulatory matters that are of interest to the firm’s clients. In addition, Chris prepares regular updates on complex policy issues, providing clients with detailed analysis and insight at key deadlines and other critical junctures in the legislative process.
With a high level of both written and verbal communication skills, Chris is able to effectively articulate and convey key legislative updates to clients and lobbyists. At Capitol Advocacy, his policy focus includes business, financial services and technology, housing, insurance, environmental, and higher education.
Prior to joining Capitol Advocacy, Chris served for the Vice-Chair of the Assembly Utilities and Energy Committee. While working in the Assembly, Chris had a primary focus on licensing, revenue and taxation, public safety, agriculture, and labor issues as well as advancing the member’s own legislative priorities. He has a proven track record of working in a bi-partisan manner and with committees in order to advance legislation.
Chris graduated with a Bachelor of Arts from the University of California Davis, majoring in Political Science with an emphasis in US Government. He was born and raised in Elk Grove and he continues to live there with his wife Erin and daughter Rhiannon.