Ex-GOP Rep. Roskam joins lobbying firm

Ex-GOP Rep. Roskam joins lobbying firm
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Former Rep. Peter Roskam Peter James RoskamBottom line Postcards become unlikely tool in effort to oust Trump Bottom line 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 CastenDemocrats don't trust GOP on 1/6 commission: 'These people are dangerous' The Hill's 12:30 Report - Presented by Facebook - Divided House on full display Newman fundraises off of growing feud with Marjorie Taylor Greene 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.


“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 DenhamBottom line Bottom line Business groups breathe sigh of relief over prospect of divided government MORE (Calif.), who is at K&L Gates; 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 (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 (Texas) and Ileana Ros-LehtinenIleana Carmen Ros-LehtinenBottom line Bottom line Democrats elect Meeks as first Black Foreign Affairs chairman 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 CapuanoBottom line Hillicon 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 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.