Over decades of work in California politics, Kinney's clients included GOP luminaries like former governors George Deukmejian and Pete Wilson. He also served as Republican National Committee's regional political director for California in the 1980's, and more recently was a partner at the firm Public Opinion Strategies.
"He was a consummate professional who's been around for a long time and a wonderful man," Sacramento-based consultant Beth Miller told Capitol Alert. "He'll be missed."
The service will be held at St. Andrew's Presbyterian Church in Redondo Beach on Tuesday, June 4 at 1 p.m. Donations in Kinney's name can be made to Sterling College in Kansas. Kinney is survived by his wife Cynthia.
PHOTO CREDIT: Steve Kinney, image courtesy of Public Opinion Strategies.