Ex-Rep. Duffy to join lobbying firm BGR

Ex-Rep. Duffy to join lobbying firm BGR
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Former Rep. Sean DuffySean DuffyMcCarthy blasts Pelosi's comments on Trump's weight Overnight Health Care: Trump says testing may be 'overrated' | Ousted official warns national virus plan needed | NIH begins studying drug combo touted by Trump Trump hails Wisconsin court overturning governor's stay-at-home order 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 VindmanTrump pick for pandemic response watchdog pledges independence amid Democratic skepticism Federal officials fired by Trump face tough road in court Trump takes heat for firing intel watchdog during pandemic 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 KirkOn the Trail: Senate GOP hopefuls tie themselves to Trump Biden campaign releases video to explain 'what really happened in Ukraine' Why Republicans are afraid to call a key witness in the impeachment inquiry 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 Lobbying world Harder advances in race to keep California House seat 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.