Public Policy | Political Campaigns
Luis Buhler has served in both policy making and political campaign roles throughout his career.
Luis played a key role in both the strategy and execution of the campaign to pass Proposition 54, the California Legislature Transparency Act. This initiative required the California Legislature to record of all of its public meetings and make those recordings available to the public. It also required all bills to be in print for 72 hours prior to the final vote.
Appointed by Governor Pete Wilson, Luis served as Deputy Secretary for Economic Development of the California Trade and Commerce Agency and as acting executive director of the California Infrastructure and Economic Development Bank. In those roles he helped promote job creation in the State of California by successfully competing for investments from companies such as the Gap, Inc. and Boeing Corporation.
Luis has been actively involved in a variety of political campaigns for both candidates and political committees. These campaigns raised and spent millions of dollars to elect California Republicans to federal, state and local office. In addition, these committees effectively partnered with some of the largest California business organizations to create coalitions and expand the resources available for independent campaigns. He also served as full time Campaign Chairman for former California Insurance Commissioner Steve Poizner’s race for State Assembly.
As publisher of BayAreaGOP.com, Luis provides a political website that features events and news of interest to Republicans in the San Francisco & Monterey Bay Area. He also serves as the volunteer CFO of the Lincoln Club of Northern California, the Treasurer of the California Congress of Republicans, and as an elected member of the Silicon Valley Republican Party (SVGOP).
Luis has served in California State Government and in leadership positions on state campaigns, while using his finance and policy expertise to assist the California Republican Party.
CA Trade & Commerce Agency
As Deputy Secretary for Economic Development at the California Trade & Commerce Agency, appointed by Governor Pete Wilson, Luis led the group charged with increasing private sector investment and job creation in the State of California. During his tenure, companies such as The GAP, Inc. and Boeing Corporation announced major investments in California. The GAP Distribution Center, located in Fresno, California, continues to employ significant numbers of Californians in a region where economic development is a top priority.
Poizner for Assembly
Luis has been active in many local, state and national campaigns for public office. Notably, he served as Campaign Chairman for Steve Poizner’s first campaign for California State Assembly. Poizner later served as Insurance Commissioner for the State of California.
CA Republican Party
While a member of the Board of Directors and Regional Vice President, Bay Area for the California Republican Party, he served as Chair of the Audit Committee for the CAGOP and as a member of the Rules Committee.