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With a professional history that spans public safety, legislative, campaign and extensive tribal gaming experience, David Quintana provides his clients with strategy development, policy analysis, relationship-building and direct lobbying services.
Prior to founding Gonzalez, Quintana & Hunter, Mr. Quintana served as the principal for GroupQ which provides both strategic political consulting and lobbying services in Sacramento.
Mr. Quintana broadened his State Capitol legislative experience when he was selected by the incoming Senate Minority Leader Jim Brulte to serve as both his legislative director and to fill a new position as the Republican Liaison to California's Tribal Governments. In this capacity, he spearheaded a broad range of legislative issues - including the Senator's successful effort to enact legislation to provide tax credits for the development of solar power in California (SBX 17). At the behest of the Senate Republican caucus Mr. Quintana developed the first extensive legislative and communications outreach program to California's Tribal Governments.
Having developed expertise in Tribal issues, Mr. Quintana became the Legislative Director for the California Nations Indian Gaming Association. As the Legislative Director, Mr. Quintana was in charge of creating a political/legislative strategy for the association of 52 gaming Tribes. Additionally, he was responsible for crafting and implementing a comprehensive internal and external communications strategy for both the membership and association staff.
In 2004 Mr. Quintana founded the California Tribal Business Alliance and serves as its political director. Mr. Quintana also serves as the lobbyist and political consultant for almost a dozen entities across the state, including social networking sites, roofing manufactures and green energy providers.
Mr. Quintana has also gained significant local and statewide political campaign experience by working on legislative campaigns as a Senate staff member; serving as the chief political advisor on Proposition 69 of 2004 - a successful statewide measure that greatly expanded the collection and use of DNA in the justice system; and providing key strategic advice on independent expenditure and campaign participation on behalf of all of his clients.
In April 2011, Mr. Quintana was once again named one of the 100 "major players" in the Capitol Weekly 100 - moving from #69 the year before, to #47. Then in October, Mr. Quintana was a featured speaker for the Leadership California Institute’s Candidate Forum 2012. He advised incoming legislative candidates on politics and lobbying as part of the Sacramento Decision Makers panel. In addition, Mr. Quintana was featured on Comcast NewsMakers in November to discuss off-reservation gambling in California. In 2012, Mr. Quintana was featured in the documentary Reason.tv: The Politics of Poker and Why It's Time to Legalize Online Gaming as an expert in tribal gaming. Mr. Quintana is also on the Capitol Weekly Advisory Board.
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