The reasons why Conaway makes the list go far beyond the fact that he's a legislator — though he's probably the third most important legislator, one insider said. "He's a doctor, lawyer, legislator, pilot," the source said, realizing he's undoubtedly forgetting a few other titles.
"He's all over the place — and sometimes he has trouble getting out of his own way — but he's a resource. People go to him and respect what he has to say."
Some wish his smarts were being used at a different level. "If he was in the executive branch, he would have a lot more influence."