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Leadership changing at California manufacturers’ lobbying group

California Manufacturers and Technology Association President Jack Stewart, shown in August 2010.
California Manufacturers and Technology Association President Jack Stewart, shown in August 2010. pkitagaki@sacbee.com

Dorothy Rothrock, chief lobbyist for the California Manufacturers and Technology Association, is being promoted to president of the industry group, as its longtime head Jack Stewart announced Tuesday that he will retire at the end of the year.

The association, which represents 600 manufacturing companies in California, is a powerful lobbying influence in the Capitol on issues including energy, environment, workers compensation and taxes. In a statement announcing Stewart’s retirement, the association touted his work over 23 years to push for manufacturing tax credits, promote career technical education and negotiate changes to California’s workers’ compensation system.

Stewart “took up the manufacturing cause in an extremely effective way with his effusive charm and hard-working ethic,” said a statement from Michael Jackson, a past chairman of the association and a former executive with Boeing.

Rothrock, an attorney who has been with the industry group since 1999, is well-known in the state Capitol, frequently testifying on bills that concern manufacturers’ operations and bottom lines.

Her “strategic mind, leadership qualities, grasp of California manufacturing challenges, and relationships with the Capitol community will help keep California manufacturing highly competitive at a time when the rest of the country is fighting so hard to attract investments,” said a statement from Dan Steen, a CMTA board member and Owens Illinois executive.

Rothrock becomes the first woman to head CMTA.

Call Laurel Rosenhall, Bee Capitol Bureau, (916) 321-1083. Follow her on Twitter @LaurelRosenhall.

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