Former Sen. Hutchison joins lobby firm

Former Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison (R-Texas) is joining a top law and lobby firm.

Hutchison will be senior counsel to Bracewell & Giuliani LLP in its Dallas office. The ex-senator will consult with the firm’s clients, especially those in the banking, energy, transportation and telecommunications sectors.

ADVERTISEMENT
Bracewell’s partners said Hutchison will be valuable to the firm.

“Our firm has a strong presence in Dallas, so adding Senator Hutchison provides a great asset, not only in Dallas, but in all of our offices,” said Rudy Giuliani, the former New York City mayor and firm partner, in a statement.

The ex-senator said she appreciated the firm’s Texas ties.

“I am pleased to join a firm with deep Texas roots that now has offices throughout the world, providing clients with representation wherever they do business,” Hutchison said.

Bracewell is a prominent law firm with offices throughout the world, including in Washington, and has a solid lobbying practice. It’s particularly known for its expertise in energy and environment issues.

Hutchison, Texas’s first woman senator, joins a growing list of ex-lawmakers from last Congress who have headed to law and lobby firms. Former Sen. Ben Nelson (D-Neb.) and ex-Reps. Jason Altmire (D-Pa.), Steven LaTourette (R-Ohio) and Heath Shuler (D-N.C.) are just some of the names who have gone to K Street.

Hutchison, however, does not plan to lobby.

“I don’t want to directly talk with my former Senate colleagues [about client matters],” she told the Dallas Morning News. “I want to focus on advising clients on the regulatory process, legislative attitudes and the likelihood of government action. ... I will not be lobbying.”