Ex-GOP Rep. Roskam joins lobbying firm

Ex-GOP Rep. Roskam joins lobbying firm
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Former Rep. Peter Roskam Peter James RoskamHouse votes to temporarily repeal Trump SALT deduction cap Feehery: How Republicans can win back the suburbs Ex-GOP Rep. Roskam joins lobbying firm 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 CastenIllinois governor endorses Biden one day before primary House votes to temporarily repeal Trump SALT deduction cap Pelosi warns of 'existential' climate threat, vows bold action 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 DenhamLobbying world Harder advances in race to keep California House seat Ex-Rep. Frelinghuysen joins law and lobby firm MORE (Calif.), who is at K&L Gates; ex-Rep. John CulbersonJohn Abney CulbersonBottom line Ex-Rep. Frelinghuysen joins law and lobby firm Bottom line MORE (Texas), who is at Clark Hill; ex-Reps. Lamar SmithLamar Seeligson SmithEducation Department changing eligibility for hundreds of rural school districts receiving aid: report Ex-Rep. Frelinghuysen joins law and lobby firm Ex-Tea Party lawmakers turn heads on K Street MORE (Texas) and Ileana Ros-LehtinenIleana Carmen Ros-LehtinenWomen are refusing to take the backseat in politics, especially Latinas Watchdog groups call for investigation into Ros-Lehtinen's foreign lobbying work Ex-Rep. Frelinghuysen joins law and lobby firm MORE (Fla.), who are in Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP’s Washington office; and former Rep. Bill ShusterWilliam (Bill) Franklin ShusterEx-Rep. Frelinghuysen joins law and lobby firm Ex-Rep. Duffy to join lobbying firm BGR Former GOP Rep. Walters joins energy company 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 CapuanoInside the progressive hunt for vulnerable House Democrats Progressive mayor launches primary challenge to top Ways and Means Democrat Ex-GOP Rep. Roskam joins lobbying firm 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.