Ex-GOP Rep. Denham heads to lobbying firm

Ex-GOP Rep. Denham heads to lobbying firm
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The law and lobbying firm K&L Gates has hired former Rep. Jeff DenhamJeffrey (Jeff) John DenhamBottom line Bottom line Business groups breathe sigh of relief over prospect of divided government MORE (R-Calif.) as a government affairs counselor at the public policy and law practice.

The California Republican served four terms before losing his reelection bid in November to Rep. Josh Harder (D-Calif.). 

“Anyone who knows Jeff knows that he is a go-getter,” said Darrell Conner, co-leader of the policy practice in D.C., said in a statement. “He did so as a member of Congress, as a candidate, and as a business owner. He’s going to be a great addition to the K&L Gates’ team.”


Denham previously served as chairman of the Transportation and Infrastructure Committee’s Subcommittee on Railroads, Pipelines, and Hazardous Materials and was a member of the Agriculture and the Veterans’ Affairs committees. He was also a member of the moderate Republican Main Street Partnership and the U.S.-Japan Caucus.

Before Congress, Denham was in the California state Senate and served in the Air Force in Operation Desert Storm in Iraq and Operation Restore Hope in Somalia.

He also founded the company Denham Plastics LLC, which is a provider of sustainable plastic material handling solutions, and he owns an almond farm in California.

Denham joins the long list of former GOP lawmakers who are now at lobbying firms, including ex-Rep. John CulbersonJohn Abney CulbersonNASA's Europa Clipper has been liberated from the Space Launch System Texas Republicans sound post-2020 alarm bells 2020 Democratic Party platform endorses Trump's NASA moon program MORE (R-Texas), who is at Clark Hill; ex-Reps. Lamar SmithLamar Seeligson SmithEx-officers acquitted in beating of Black colleague who was undercover at St. Louis protests Bottom line In partisan slugfest, can Chip Roy overcome Trump troubles? MORE (R-Texas) and Ileana Ros-LehtinenIleana Carmen Ros-LehtinenBottom line Bottom line Democrats elect Meeks as first Black Foreign Affairs chairman MORE (R-Fla.), who are in Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP’s Washington office; and former Rep. Bill ShusterWilliam (Bill) Franklin ShusterLobbying firm cuts ties to Trent Lott amid national anti-racism protests Ex-Rep. Frelinghuysen joins law and lobby firm Ex-Rep. Duffy to join lobbying firm BGR MORE (R-Pa.), who is at Squire Patton Boggs.