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 ReichertYoder, Messer land on K Street Ex-GOP lawmaker from Washington joins lobbying firm Outgoing GOP rep says law enforcement, not Congress should conduct investigations 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.

They are part of the growing list of former lawmakers and aides jumping to lobbying firms. Last week, Akin Gump announced they hired ex-Republican 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 of Florida 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 of Texas.