By Jim Snyder - 11/18/09 02:54 PM EST
Former Senate Majority Leader Tom Daschle (D-S.D.) has joined DLA Piper as a senior adviser, the firm announced Wednesday.
Daschle had been an adviser at Alston & Bird, a lobbying and law firm. He is also a senior fellow at the Center for American Progress, a liberal think tank.
“His decision to join us is a tremendous boost to the entire firm,” said James Blanchard, the co-chairman of DLA Piper’s Government Affairs group and a former Democratic governor from Michigan.
Daschle had not registered to lobby while at Alston & Bird. President Barack Obama nominated Daschle for secretary of the Health and Human Services Department. But Daschle withdrew after it was discovered he hadn’t paid $128,000 in taxes, partly for the free use of a driver and car.