Biden signs executive order invoking 2-year lobbying ban for appointees

President Biden signed an executive order on Wednesday that requires all political appointees to sign an ethics pledge including a ban on certain lobbying for two years after they leave the administration, which was designed to restore and maintain public trust in government. 

The order states that as a condition of employment, officials must commit themselves to not accept gifts from registered lobbyists and put bans on the so-called revolving door. It was one of 17 executive orders Biden signed on his first day in office.

The order says that appointees leaving government to lobby are banned for two years from lobbying any covered executive branch official or lobby for any foreign government. 


Former registered lobbyists working for the administration can’t within two years of their appointment participate in any matter on which they lobbied or engaged in, participate in specific issue area in which that matter falls, or seek employment with an agency they lobbied. 

“I commit to ethical choices of post-Government employment that do not raise the appearance that I have used my Government service for private gain, including by using confidential information acquired and relationships established for the benefit of future clients,” the executive order read. 

It also addressed the so-called golden parachute issue, which bans officials from accepting any salary or other cash payment from a former employer. 

Former President TrumpDonald TrumpKinzinger welcomes baby boy Tennessee lawmaker presents self-defense bill in 'honor' of Kyle Rittenhouse Five things to know about the New York AG's pursuit of Trump MORE on Tuesday, just hours before leaving office, signed an executive order lifting the five-year lobbying ban for members of his administration he had in place.

Biden faced pressure from progressives to have stricter bans on lobbying. In December, Sens. Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth WarrenLobbying world Sanders open to supporting primary challengers against Manchin and Sinema Warren dodges on whether Sinema, Manchin should be challenged in primaries MORE (D-Mass.), Ed MarkeyEd MarkeySenate Democrats call for investigation into reported price gouging for COVID-19 tests Biden's FDA nominee advances through key Senate committee Overnight Energy & Environment — Manchin raises hopes on climate spending MORE (D-Mass.) and Jeff MerkleyJeff MerkleySinema scuttles hopes for filibuster reform Lawmakers seek 'assurances' Olympic uniforms not linked to forced labor Watch Live: Schumer, Senate Democrats hold press conference MORE (D-Ore.) wrote to Biden seeking an ethics pledge that includes a total ban on lobbyists employed by corporations from serving in the administration.