Retired rep becomes name partner at boutique firm

Former Rep. Tom Latham has joined a boutique consulting and lobbying firm, Hecht, Spencer & Associates, adding his name to the shop.

Rebranding the firm as Hecht, Latham, Spencer & Associates, Inc., the Iowa Republican who retired at the end of the last congressional session will serve as a partner.

He is unable to actively lobby for clients on Capitol Hill for one year, according to ethics rules; however, the firm says he will be providing “strategic and legislative advice.” The 10-term congressman will handle issues for clients across the policy spectrum, including agriculture, taxes, trade, transportation, energy and financial services.

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“I have known and worked with all the principals at Hecht, Spencer over the years and have great respect for their government affairs expertise,” Latham said in a statement. “I am honored to join with them to continue promoting the goals of free, open and competitive markets.”

Bill Hecht and Stu Spencer formed Hecht, Spencer & Associates in 1981, and it only has four registered lobbyists. The firm earned $1.83 million, according to the Center for Responsive Politics, and represented clients including 3M, the Boy Scouts of America, Emergent BioSolutions and Credit Union National Association. It is also registered with the Justice Department to represent the government of Japan.

During his congressional career, Latham served on the House Republican Steering Committee and as the chairman of the Appropriations Subcommittee on Transportation and Housing and Urban Development. He also served as a senior member of the Subcommittees on Agriculture and Food and Drug Administration, Energy and Water Development, and Homeland Security.

“We are privileged to have Tom join our firm after such a distinguished congressional career. His in-depth knowledge of the Congress, the leadership, and the business and farm communities, will greatly benefit our firm and clients,” Hecht said in a statement. “We look forward to utilizing his experience and political judgment.”