Richard Ratcliff was fresh out of law school in 1960 when he was hired as a lobbyist in Sacramento for an association of irrigation districts. By his own admission, he had no idea what a lobbyist did. His knowledge of the Legislature was minimal. In his career, Ratcliff saw legislative staff grow, tight restrictions imposed on lobbyists and term limits enacted by voters. He provides a fascinating inside look at how lobbyists actually work.
He was interviewed by Steve Wiegand, a longtime Capitol reporter for the San Diego Tribune, San Francisco Chronicle and The Sacramento Bee.