By Jim Snyder - 09/23/09 01:17 PM EDT
Mel Martinez is the latest ex-lawmaker to join a lobbying firm, accepting a position as partner at DLA Piper just weeks after stepping down from his Senate seat.
Martinez will be a partner in DLA’s government affairs practice, and will split time between DLA’s Tampa, Fla., and Washington offices.
Although a Republican, Martinez was sought after on K Street as a centrist.
Martinez is a big-name Republican for DLA, which just lost another former GOP member of Congress, ex-House Majority Leader Dick Armey of Texas. Armey left the firm after a nonprofit group he also runs was linked to angry town-hall meeting protests on healthcare reform.
In a news release, Martinez said he will specifically help the firm grow its practice in Latin America.