Ex-Sen. Begich launches consulting firm

Former Alaska Sen. Mark BegichMark Peter BegichLobbying world Dem governors on 2020: Opposing Trump not enough Dem Begich concedes Alaska governor race to Republican Dunleavy MORE (D) is launching his own consulting firm, adding to his list of new jobs following a defeat by Republican Dan Sullivan in November.

Northern Compass Group recently registered with Alaska's Department of Commerce. The firm has a physical location in Alaska and a mailing address in Washington D.C., where Begich’s son still attends middle school.

He told The Alaska Dispatch News that many of the firm’s clients would be announced soon — and would be mostly organizations in the nonprofit sector — though he is already working for Grant Aviation, an airline in Alaska.

Ethics rules bar the former senator from lobbying for two years, but he said that he is more interested in business development and “helping these organizations get to their next level.”

“Some of my colleagues go into it, ‘Oh, we’re going to lobby and be of counsel,’ ” Begich told his hometown newspaper on Saturday. “What I’m interested in is giving strategic advice and business advice.”

Begich is also taking a job at the National Association of Home Care and Hospice (NAHC), becoming its vice president for policy and development. He will also serve as the president and CEO of the Foundation for Hospice and Homecare and as dean of NAHC's Homecare University.

The Alaska Senate race was one of the toughest for Democrats in the 2014 midterms in November. Begich declined to address speculation that he would run for Senate again in 2016, when Sen. Lisa MurkowskiLisa Ann MurkowskiThe Hill's 12:30 Report — Presented by Kidney Care Partners — Trump escalates border fight with emergency declaration On The Money: Trump declares emergency at border | Braces for legal fight | Move divides GOP | Trump signs border deal to avoid shutdown | Winners, losers from spending fight | US, China trade talks to resume next week The Hill's Morning Report — Presented by the American Academy of HIV Medicine — Trump, Congress prepare for new border wall fight MORE (R) is up for reelection.