Ex-GOP lawmakers Ros-Lehtinen, Lamar Smith join top lobbying firm

Retired Reps. Ileana Ros-LehtinenIleana Carmen Ros-LehtinenK Street boom extends under Trump, House Dems Bottom Line The women in white and the trails they blaze MORE (R-Fla.) and Lamar SmithLamar Seeligson SmithK Street boom extends under Trump, House Dems Ex-GOP congressman heads to investment bank Former GOP chairman Royce joins lobbying shop MORE (R-Texas) are headed to K Street after finishing their long service in Congress. 

The Republicans are joining Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP’s Washington office, the firm announced on Monday.

Ros-Lehtinen will be a senior adviser and Smith will be a senior consultant in Akin Gump’s public law and policy practice.

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“As home to the largest public policy practice in Washington, Akin Gump has always been a successful advocate on behalf of its clients, both domestic and foreign, on trade matters and other critical issues,” Ros-Lehtinen said in a press release. “My move here builds so well on the work I have accomplished during my time in Congress, and I am excited to begin this next chapter in my career.”

Ros-Lehtinen retired from Congress after three decades and was the chairwoman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee during her tenure. 

“The firm’s ability to address both public policy and legal issues allows it to achieve outstanding results for clients from all over the world. I very much look forward to working with a firm that has such a well-deserved reputation,” Smith said in the release.

Smith was also in Congress for over three decades before announcing his retirement. He was most recently chairman of the House Science, Space and Technology Committee and also served as chairman of the Judiciary Committee and Ethics Committee during his tenure.