Former Rep. Connie Mack joins lobby firm

Former Rep. Connie Mack (R-Fla.) has headed to K Street.

Mack joined Liberty Partners Group as a partner and senior policy adviser for the firm in Washington. The ex-Florida Republican lost his Senate bid against Sen. Bill Nelson (D-Fla.) last year.

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Andrew Woods, chairman and managing partner of the firm, said Mack’s hire by Liberty Partners will bring substantial clout.

“His extensive experience and relationships are an invaluable addition to our clients and team. Liberty Partners Group is honored to have Congressman Mack join us,” Woods said in a statement.

Mack said with his congressional experience, he will be able to help the firm’s clients.

“I am confident that my experiences in Congress, Tallahassee — and even along the campaign trail — will allow me to offer my colleagues at Liberty Partners Group and our clients a valuable perspective as they seek to navigate the challenges of Washington,” Mack said.

Jeffrey Cohen, Mack’s former chief of staff, has also joined Liberty Partners as a partner in Washington. Mack’s father, former Sen. Connie Mack III (R-Fla.) serves as chairman emeritus of Liberty Partners.

Liberty Partners made more than $2.1 million in lobbying fees last year, according to the Center for Responsive Politics. In 2012, the firm lobbied for a number of healthcare clients, including DaVita, Inc., the Dental Group Practice Association and Smile Brands.

Mack will have company in the influence industry. His wife, former Rep. Mary Bono Mack (R-Calif.), joined FaegreBD Consulting last month.