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Ex-GOP lawmaker from Washington joins lobbying firm

Ex-GOP lawmaker from Washington joins lobbying firm
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Retired Rep. Dave ReichertDavid (Dave) George ReichertRep. Kim Schrier defends Washington House seat from GOP challenger Washington Rep. Kim Schrier wins primary Mail ballot surge places Postal Service under spotlight MORE (R-Wash.) is joining Gordon Thomas Honeywell Governmental Affairs as a vice president.

Reichert, who was a sheriff before serving in Congress, will work on a project aimed at combating human trafficking in Central America, The Seattle Times reported

The firm has offices in Tacoma, Seattle and Washington, D.C. Reichert, 68, will be based in his home state of Washington.

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Reichert, who announced his retirement in September 2017, served in Congress from 2005-2018. Before that, he was the sheriff of King County, Washington, and had served with the department since 1972.

Gordon Thomas Honeywell’s project is federally funded and would set up DNA databases to track children who are missing.

“It really piqued my interest,” Reichert told The Seattle Times. “I see this project and this program has an opportunity to have probably more hands-on immediate impact than I might have if I continued on in Congress.”

The firm also hired Sue Foy, who was Reichert’s chief of staff in the House and worked for him in the sheriff’s office.

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