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Ex-Rep. Duffy to join lobbying firm BGR

Ex-Rep. Duffy to join lobbying firm BGR
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Former Rep. Sean DuffySean DuffyLobbying world CNN's Ana Navarro to host Biden roundtable on making 'Trump a one-term president' Bottom line MORE (R-Wis.) will be a senior counsel at the lobbying firm BGR Group, the firm announced Tuesday.

He will head the financial services practice group for BRG, a traditionally GOP-leaning firm where ex-Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour (R) is a founding partner. Duffy served on the House Financial Services Committee before leaving Congress in September. 

Duffy announced his resignation after finding out that his ninth child has a heart condition. The baby arrived in October. 

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He has since joined CNN has a paid contributor and has received criticism for certain commentary, including suggesting there’s a missing Democratic National Committee server in Ukraine and that an impeachment witness, National Security Council officer and Army veteran Alexander VindmanAlexander VindmanVindman says he doesn't regret testimony against Trump Esper: If my replacement is 'a real yes man' then 'God help us' Ukrainian president whose call with Trump sparked impeachment congratulates Biden MORE, is “incredibly concerned about Ukrainian defense.”

“Sean is a star in Wisconsin politics who quickly moved up in Congressional seniority and earned the respect of Congressional Leadership and the White House for his smart policies and his Midwestern work ethic. We are thrilled to have Sean join our bipartisan advocacy team to help clients resolve complex policy challenges,” BGR CEO Bob Wood said in a press release.

The Wisconsin Republican is not able to lobby Congress for a year but can lobby the administration. He was first elected in 2010 and, before his political career, was a cast member on MTV's "The Real World" in 1997. 

In May, BGR hired ex-Sen. Mark KirkMark Steven KirkDuckworth announces reelection bid Brave new world: Why we need a Senate Human Rights Commission  Senate majority battle snags Biden Cabinet hopefuls MORE (R-Ill.) as a subcontractor to represent the China-United States Exchange Foundation, a nonprofit based in Hong Kong.

Duffy also joins the ranks of former GOP members of the House who have decided to stay in Washington 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.