Lobbying From Capitol to K Street in a Hot Second

Washington’s well-oiled revolving door is spinning at breakneck speed — 23 lawmakers who were in Congress last year have begun new careers in the influence industry.

Jonathan D. Salant



Rep. Jason Altmire Pa., 2007-2013

Years served

Blue Cross & Blue Shield of Florida

Rep. Howard Berman Calif., 1983-2013

Covington & Burling

The law firm lobbies on foreign relations for seven clients. Berman is a former foreign affairs chairman.

Rep. Dan Boren Okla., 2005-2013

Chickasaw Nation

An Indian reservation in south central Oklahoma with 13 casinos

Rep. Dennis Cardoza Calif., 2003-2012

Manatt, Phelps & Phillips

Rep. Jerry Costello Ill., 1988-2013

Started his own firm

Jerry Costello Group

Rep. Norm Dicks Wash., 1977-2013

Van Ness Feldman

The environmental law firm picked up the former chairman of the House subcommittee that oversaw the EPA’s budget.

Rep. Charlie Gonzalez Tex., 1999-2013

Via Metropolitan Transit

San Antonio’s public transit agency got $35 million in federal funds with Gonzalez’s help when he was in Congress.

Rep. Kathy Hochul N.Y., 2011-2013

M&T Bank

Rep. Dale Kildee Mich., 1997-2013

Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld

Sen. Ben Nelson Neb., 2001-2013

National Association of Insurance Commissioners

Rep. Steve Rothman N.J., 1997-2013

He sat on the House committee that approves defense spending and now advises on defense issues for the firm.

Sills Cummis & Gross

Rep. Heath Shuler N.C., 2007-2013

Duke Energy


Rep. Mary Bono Mack Calif., 1998-2013

The couple lost their reelection campaigns, but rebounded.

FaegreBD Consulting

Sen. Scott Brown Mass., 2010-2013

He sat on the Senate’s homeland security committee. His new employer lobbies for Cleveland BioLabs on disaster preparedness issues.

Nixon Peabody

Rep. Dan Burton Ind., 1983-2013

Azerbaijan American Alliance

Burton, the group’s chairman, spent years on the House’s foreign affairs committee.

Rep. Geoff Davis Ky., 2005-2012

Republic Consulting

Davis is co-founder

Rep. Jo Ann Emerson Mo., 1996-2013

National Rural Electric Cooperative Association

Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison Tex., 1993-2013

Bracewell & Giuliani

It lobbies for Yamaha Motor on consumer-product safety issues. Hutchison was the top Republican on the Commerce Committee.

Sen. Jon Kyl Ariz., 1995-2013

Covington & Burling

Rep. Steve LaTourette Ohio, 1995-2013

McDonald Hopkins Government Strategies

LaTourette launched this new lobbying group owned by a U.S. law firm.

Rep. Connie Mack Fla., 2005-2013

The couple lost their reelection campaigns, but rebounded.

Liberty Partners Group

Rep. Denny Rehberg Mont., 2001-2013

Mercury/Clark & Weinstock

Rep. Cliff Stearns Fla., 1989-2013

APCO Worldwide

A lobbying and communications firm


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