Ex-GOP Sen. Kirk registers to lobby

Ex-GOP Sen. Kirk registers to lobby

Former Sen. Mark KirkMark Steven KirkBiden campaign releases video to explain 'what really happened in Ukraine' Why Republicans are afraid to call a key witness in the impeachment inquiry Ex-Rep. Duffy to join lobbying firm BGR MORE (R-Ill.) has registered to lobby as a subcontractor to BGR Group. 

The Illinois Republican will represent the China-United States Exchange Foundation, a nonprofit based in Hong Kong, Politico first reported.

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BGR plans to pay Kirk $10,000 a month. The firm has been representing the foundation since earlier this year, and the contract is $400,000 a year, BGR confirmed to The Hill.

“BGR is delighted to be working with former Sen. Kirk on this important client matter,” Jeff Birnbaum, president of BGR Public Relations, told The Hill.

In the Senate, Kirk was chairman of the Appropriations Subcommittee on Military Construction, Veterans Affairs and Related Agencies and chairman of the Banking Subcommittee on National Security and International Trade and Finance. In the House, he was a co-chairman of the U.S.-China Working Group.

He was first elected to the Senate in 2010. He suffered a stroke in 2012.

Kirk lost his reelection to Sen. Tammy DuckworthLadda (Tammy) Tammy DuckworthAmtrak ends policy that led to K charge for activists using wheelchairs #MidnightMoscowMitch trends amid criticism of McConnell's proposed impeachment trial rules Democratic senator asks for meeting with Amtrak head over alleged disability discrimination MORE (D-Ill.) in November 2016.

Kirk’s former chief of staff Lester Munson, who has been a principal at BGR since 2015, is also registered to lobby for the foundation.

--This report was updated on May 12 at 1:07 p.m.