His tenure that included chairmanship of Appropriations subcommittees on defense and the environment, and he more recently served as the top Democrat on the full Appropriations Committee when Republicans controlled the House.
Ethics rules will prevent Dicks from lobbying Congress for a year, but he told The Seattle Times that he will advise clients, gather information and lobby the executive branch during the “cooling off” period.
Dicks told The Times that he wants to work on environmental issues such as ocean acidification, as well as improving cybersecurity.
Van Ness Feldman didn’t announce which specific clients Dicks might be working with.
Van Ness Feldman’s wide-ranging client list includes a number of energy and resource companies and trade groups, such as utility giant American Electric Power, the solar company BrightSource Energy and the Pebble Mine Partnership, first quarter lobbying filings show.
The firm also represents numerous clients focused on the Pacific Northwest, such the city of Bellingham, Wash.; Northwest River Partners; Puget Sound Energy and several others.
“Like me, the firm has deep roots in both DC and the Pacific Northwest. The culture is one of collaboration among firm professionals and with clients,” Dicks said in a statement. “I look forward to joining a team of top-notch professionals committed to providing solutions to those doing business in these industries.”