By Kevin Bogardus - 03/18/13 11:45 AM EDT
Former Rep. Denny Rehberg (R-Mont.) is headed to K Street.
Rehberg, who lost his Senate bid last year against Sen. Jon Tester (D-Mont.), has joined Mercury/Clark & Weinstock as a co-chairman. Rehberg served 12 years in the House and was most recently chairman of the House Appropriations Labor, Health and Human Services and Education subcommittee.
Rehberg will join other ex-lawmakers at the firm, including former Reps. Vin Weber (R-Minn.) and Max Sandlin (D-Texas), as well as ex-Sen. Jim Talent (R-Mo.).
The firm also announced the hire of two Democrats on Monday.
Karen Hinton, a former Clinton administration official, has merged her shop, Hinton Communications, with Mercury and will join the firm as a managing director.
Erick Mullen will also be a managing director at the firm. Mullen has been an aide to Sen. Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.) and Rep. Steny Hoyer (D-Md.), as well as a political consultant to retired Gen. Wesley Clark.
“Denny Rehberg, Karen Hinton, and Erick Mullen are critical additions in Washington as Mercury continues to build a national, bipartisan, best-in-class consultancy. We are thrilled they’ve agreed to join Mercury/Clark & Weinstock,” Weber said in a statement.