47. State Sen. Henry Marsh 

Courts of Justice Committee Chairman

The last of the civil rights-era legislators, Sen. Henry Marsh has served in the statehouse for 20 years, and was the city’s first black mayor. But he’s losing steam. Delegate Joe Morrissey (No. 44) would have given him a serious run for his money if he’d decided to challenge him for his Senate seat. And his longtime understudy, Mayor Dwight Jones (No. 1), rejected the jail construction team Marsh was advising in early June. But Marsh still serves as chairman of the powerful Courts of Justice Committee, which decides who does (and doesn’t) pound the gavel in this state.

2010 Ranking: 33

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