Rick Claussen, Partner
Rick has managed many of the firm’s major ballot issue and public affairs campaigns on behalf of high-tech, venture capital, insurer, taxpayer, business and tort reform groups. The firm has represented numerous national and state trade and business associations as well as a number of major public corporations.
In 2008, the firm managed the campaign to enact the citizens redistricting initiative in California (Prop. 11), which ended the practice of legislators drawing their own districts to guarantee reelection. Many similar measures had failed and conventional wisdom held that this one would also be defeated. More recently in 2010, Claussen managed the campaign to pass Prop. 20, which extended voter-approved redistricting reforms approved in 2008 to include congressional districts. With a vote of 61% yes, voters overwhelmingly approved Prop. 20 while defeating another measure (Prop. 27) that would have returned responsibility for all redistricting back to the Legislature.
In 2010, the firm also defeated Prop. 24, which would have eliminated $1.4 billion in tax incentives for businesses and passed Prop. 26, which significantly restricted the ability of policymakers to enact higher taxes and fees at both the state and local levels.
Claussen has also served on the Board of Directors of two publicly traded banks and is currently serving on the board of Golden Pacific Bancorp. He also serves on the Board of Directors of the Frank Church Chair of Public Affairs at Boise State University in Idaho and regularly lectures on politics and campaigns at UC Berkeley and other community colleges and public forums in California.