Former Blue Dog Dem leader heads to K Street

Former Rep. Stephanie Herseth Sandlin (D-S.D.) has joined law and lobby firm Olsson Frank Weeda Terman Bode Matz as a principal.

A senior whip in the House Democratic Caucus, Herseth Sandlin co-chaired the conservative Blue Dog Democrats, and served four terms in the lower chamber before losing to Rep. Kristi Noem (R-S.D.) in the last election. At the firm, she will join another prominent former Blue Dog, ex-Rep. Charlie Stenholm (D-Texas), who was ranking member of the House Agriculture Committee.

"We could not be happier to have Stephanie join us," said Richard Frank, firm co-founder, in a statement. "Her experience, dedication, knowledge and access will be extremely valuable to our clients."

"I am very pleased to be joining OFW Law," Herseth Sandlin said. "This is an exciting opportunity to continue advocating for rural America. Investment in our agriculture and rural infrastructure is a key component to our country’s economic growth and national security, and I look forward to furthering my commitment to these issues as I assist clients on matters related to federal laws and regulations."

She is married to former Rep. Max Sandlin (D-Texas), a lobbyist who heads up government relations and public strategies team at Mercury.