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 ReichertLymphedema Treatment Act would provide a commonsense solution to a fixable problem Yoder, Messer land on K Street Ex-GOP lawmaker from Washington joins lobbying firm 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-LehtinenPress beat lawmakers to keep trophy in annual softball game K Street giants scoop up coveted ex-lawmakers Ex-GOP Rep. Denham heads to lobbying firm MORE of Florida and Lamar SmithLamar Seeligson SmithAnti-corruption group hits Congress for ignoring K Street, Capitol Hill 'revolving door' K Street giants scoop up coveted ex-lawmakers Ex-GOP Rep. Denham heads to lobbying firm MORE of Texas.