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Ex-GOP Rep. Roskam joins lobbying firm

Ex-GOP Rep. Roskam joins lobbying firm
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Former Rep. Peter Roskam Peter James RoskamPostcards become unlikely tool in effort to oust Trump Bottom line Lobbying world MORE (R-Ill.) has joined the Chicago-based law firm Sidley Austin as a partner in its government strategies group.

Roskam, who had served in Congress since 2007 — including working as chief deputy majority whip from 2011 to 2014 — lost his reelection bid last year to Rep. Sean CastenSean CastenChamber-backed Democrats embrace endorsements in final stretch The Hill's Campaign Report: Buzz builds around Warren for VP Gun control group rolls out House endorsements MORE (D-Ill.).

The Illinois Republican served on the House Ways and Means Committee and was also chairman of the subcommittee on tax policy, working on the GOP tax cut law that passed in 2017.

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“At Sidley, Peter will provide policy and strategic advice to clients around the world who are seeking solutions to challenges emerging from Washington, D.C.,” Michael Borden, partner and leader of Sidley’s Government Strategies practice, said in a statement.

“He will be in good company as part of our bipartisan team, all of whom also played major roles in the drafting, enactment and implementation of landmark laws from senior-level positions in the government,” he said.

Roskam joins the long list of former GOP lawmakers who are now at lobbying firms, including ex-Rep. Jeff DenhamJeffrey (Jeff) John DenhamBusiness groups breathe sigh of relief over prospect of divided government Ex-RNC, Trump fundraiser Elliott Broidy charged in covert lobbying scheme Bottom line MORE (Calif.), who is at K&L Gates; ex-Rep. John CulbersonJohn Abney CulbersonTexas Republicans sound post-2020 alarm bells 2020 Democratic Party platform endorses Trump's NASA moon program Bottom line MORE (Texas), who is at Clark Hill; ex-Reps. Lamar SmithLamar Seeligson SmithIn partisan slugfest, can Chip Roy overcome Trump troubles? OVERNIGHT ENERGY: Cheney asks DOJ to probe environmental groups | Kudlow: 'No sector worse hurt than energy' during pandemic | Trump pledges 'no politics' in Pebble Mine review Cheney asks DOJ to probe environmental groups  MORE (Texas) and Ileana Ros-LehtinenIleana Carmen Ros-LehtinenHouse Hispanic Republicans welcome four new members The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by UAE - US records 1 million COVID-19 cases in a week; governors crack down Trump-backed Republican unseats Shalala in Miami House race MORE (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 (Pa.), who is at Squire Patton Boggs.

Democrats who lost their reelection bids last year have also landed new work, including former Rep. Michael CapuanoMichael (Mike) Everett CapuanoHillicon Valley: Election officials prepare for new Russian interference battle | 'Markeyverse' of online fans helps take down a Kennedy | GOP senators unveil bill to update tech liability protections 'Markeyverse' of online fans helps take down a Kennedy Inside the progressive hunt for vulnerable House Democrats MORE (Mass.), who joined the law and lobbying firm Foley & Lardner earlier this year.

The new gigs come as 2020 Democratic presidential hopefuls are increasingly taking aim at the lobbying world, with some calling for a strict lifetime ban on lawmakers lobbying.