Karin Caves, a fixture in Sacramento politics who advised powerful California lawmakers and governors since the late 1980s, died early Thursday. She was 63.
The news of her death surprised her friends in the Capitol and beyond. She began her latest assignment as the communications director for the California Department of Tax and Fee Administration in October.
She was diagnosed with the illness that took her life only a month ago, her friends said.
She’s volunteered and worked for political campaigns since the early 1980s, including Gary Hart’s 1984 presidential campaign. She built her career in politics while raising sons Morgan and Jeffrey.
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“She was really good at her job. Mostly, though, I will remember Karin for being smart, funny, full of personality and really proud of her two sons,” said Nick Maduros, director of the tax department.
Caves was communications director for former Attorney General…