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Ben Golombek joined the California Chamber of Commerce on January 17, 2022 as executive vice president and chief of staff for policy. He heads the CalChamber policy staff, providing strategic oversight and management of CalChamber’s legislative and regulatory priorities. Most recently, as West Region vice president for public affairs for AT&T, Golombek managed a team of 20 to create and implement campaigns and media strategies to educate and influence lawmakers, regulators and consumers for eight states, including California. He has served as chief of staff to three members of the California State Assembly. Before his State Capitol experience, Golombek worked at Los Angeles City Hall as deputy city controller, communications director for a city councilmember, and deputy press secretary for Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa. Golombek graduated from Northwestern University, has an M.B.A. from the University of California, Davis, and completed the Coro Fellows Program in Public Affairs. See full bio

CalChamber-Opposed Bills Stall; Dead for the Year

Three California Chamber of Commerce-opposed bills have stalled in the California Assembly and are dead for the year. The bills dealt with political contributions, non-compete...

CalChamber Opposes Ill-Advised Bill Changing Referendum Question

The California Chamber of Commerce continues to oppose legislation proposing to alter how referendums on state laws are presented to voters. The bill, AB 421...

Assembly Committee OKs Bill Attacking Direct Democracy System

Legislation that will take away Californians’ ability to vote on their legislators’ actions passed the Assembly Elections Committee this week. The bill, AB 421 (Bryan;...

Governor Signs CARE Court Support System into Law

A California Chamber of Commerce-supported proposal to establish a support system for homeless individuals with mental illnesses or substance abuse disorders was signed into...

Rushed Climate Change Bill Earns Job Killer Tag

The California Chamber of Commerce has labeled a last-minute greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions reduction proposal a job killer. The bill, AB 2133 (Quirk; D-Hayward), was...

CalChamber Adds Threat to State Oil/Gas Employment to Job Killer List

Legislation threatening state oil and gas development operations and employment in related industries has been added to the job killer list. SB 1137 (Lena Gonzalez;...

CalChamber Urges Careful Deliberation on Governor’s Contentious Climate Package

The time remaining in the legislative session is inadequate for the necessary full discussion of the climate proposals the Governor issued last week, the...

Chamber-Backed Proposal Creating CARE Court Passes

A proposal to establish a support system for homeless individuals with mental illnesses or substance abuse disorders passed the Senate this week with the...

CalChamber Expresses Concern on Federal Antitrust Legislation, Regulation

The California Chamber of Commerce has sent a letter of concern to the California Congressional Delegation on the economic consequences of recent federal proposals...