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By Robert D. Davila

Tim Howe, a Sacramento lobbyist and veteran political consultant who was a top aide to Democratic lawmakers, died Friday of a heart attack while cycling in the American River Parkway, his family said. He was 66.

Mr. Howe began his career in politics in 1965 as an aide in the Legislative Bill Room at the state Capitol. He graduated from UCLA and earned a master's degree in political science from the Eagleton Institute of Politics at Rutgers University in New Jersey. He returned to California to work for Assembly speakers Jesse Unruh, Bob Moretti and Leo McCarthy and joined the Assembly Majority Consultants during the early 1970s.

He graduated from UC Davis School of Law in 1978 and ran Assemblyman Vic Fazio's campaign for Congress. He served as Fazio's chief of staff in Washington, earned a master of law degree in taxation from Georgetown University and practiced law in Sacramento from 1981 to 1987. He was chief of staff for Assemblyman Lloyd Connelly from 1987 to 1992. He worked as a lobbyist for George Steffes and Associates before starting his own lobbying firm, Tim Howe and Associates.

A Carmichael resident, Mr. Howe had a son, John, with his wife of 25 years, Patti Habel, who died of cancer in 2010. He also is survived by two children from a previous marriage, Robert Howe of San Francisco and Julie Starbird of Sacramento; a sister, Evonne Morrissey of Sacramento; and three grandchildren.

A service is planned for 11 a.m. Friday at Trinity Episcopal Cathedral, 2620 Capitol Ave., Sacramento. Donations may be made to the American River Foundation, 5700 Arden Way, Carmichael, CA 95608; Nor Cal Beagle Rescue, P.O. Box 580327, Elk Grove, CA 95758-0006; or Sacramento Food Bank, 3333 33rd St., Sacramento, CA 958917.


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