Robert Naylor Sacramento Lobbyist: 30years of Experience

The Legislative Process and the State Capital community:

Bob Naylor was a member of the Assembly for 8 years and a year after his departure became a registered lobbyist. He has been continuously registered as a lobbyist since 1988, representing many dozens of clients in virtually every conceivable area and legislative scenario. He is respected by legislators on both sides of the aisle and knows most of the “third house,” political and PR consultants, political lawyers and members of the press as long-time friends.


Naylor has represented transportation clients in both the public and private sectors for over 20 years, focusing on the California Transportation Commission, the Department of Transportation (Caltrans), and a number of regional transportation agencies, as well as the Legislature. He has a thorough understanding of the funding streams available for transportation projects, the politics of public transit and streets and highway funding and recent reform efforts (design build construction, public private partnerships).

Civil Justice Issues:

Naylor has been involved in civil justice legislation and ballot measures for almost 25 years. Lobbying on behalf of business clients with mounting concerns about the adverse litigation climate in California, Naylor has weighed into intense negotiations regarding legislation restricting secret settlement agreements, diluting summary judgment procedures, undermining arbitration agreements, expanding California anti-trust liability, creating an appeals bond cap, and limiting liability for inherently hazardous products. Naylor has served on the board of directors (and for two years as chairman) of the Civil Justice Association of California and its predecessor organization since 1988.

California State Budget Issues:

Because of the diverse set of clients he has represented, Naylor has closely followed California’s budget developments from the time he was Assembly Republican Leader, which included negotiating a budget with then Governor Jerry Brown. Clients frequently seek his advice as the Legislature and Governor, year after year, engage in prolonged budget stalemates and include more and more significant policy development as part of the budget process rather than as separate legislation.


Naylor has represented many clients in dozens of efforts to sell goods and services to the state of California. He has an understanding of the strict conflict of interest and ex parte communication rules that make California’s procurement process so challenging.


As a Sacramento lobbyist, Naylor has significant experience in supporting and opposing tax legislation, having worked with the tax attorneys in a number of major California corporations on such issues as the single sales factor, the water’s edge election, the small business stock exemption, and net operating loss carry forwards. He has also appeared before the State Board of Equalization on matters of tax policy