100 People to Watch This Fall

Welcome to The Hill’s Fall Watch List.

These are the 100 people you can’t ignore this fall if you’re wondering how events in Congress and the White House will play out.

Of the thousands of people working on legislation and regulation due this autumn, we’ve selected the lawmakers, staff, regulators and lobbyists who will be most active in seeking to advance or prevent provisions with a profound impact on the economy and American society.

We’ve divided the fall agenda into six areas: shutdown/debt ceiling, climate change, ObamaCare implementation, Dodd-Frank implementation, immigration and tax reform.

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Many of the 100 people named will be influential almost entirely in a single area, but there are others who will shape several areas, or even all of them. These people, such as President Obama and each party’s top leader in the House and Senate, have been excluded from the list, for otherwise they’d be in every category.

There are some people who will be highly influential in more than one category but not in all of them. In such cases, The Hill has placed people in the category where their influence can be expected to be most important. House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan (R-Wis.), for example, is in the shutdown section of our list, although he’s also an important player in immigration. 

The same decision has been made about Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.), who wants to be at the center of fiscal negotiations but is also deeply involved in immigration, and Grover Norquist, who will be influential in both immigration and tax reform but is crucial in giving GOP lawmakers unofficial clearance on budgetary issues.

Tom Donohue, president of the Chamber of Commerce, is placed in the immigration category because the Chamber is so heavily and continuously involved in that debate, but he will also be at the center of the fiscal debate. White House chief of staff Denis McDonough is unlikely to be absent on any issue, but we have placed him in the shutdown section because of his role wooing centrist Republicans. Jon Carson, executive director of Organizing for Action, is in the climate change section, though he is also deeply involved in ObamaCare implementation.

The list is not and could not be exhaustive, but by using the methodology described here, we’ve made sure it isn’t exhausting, either. We hope it will be a handy reference for those who need to know who the key players are when Congress gets back after its August recess.

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