Former GOP chairman Royce joins lobbying shop

Former GOP chairman Royce joins lobbying shop
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Former Rep. Ed RoyceEdward (Ed) Randall RoyceK Street giants scoop up coveted ex-lawmakers Former GOP chairman Royce joins lobbying shop Lawmakers propose banning shark fin trade MORE (R-Calif.) will be a policy director at Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck, the law and lobbying firm first told The Hill.

Royce is the former chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee and retired in 2019 after serving in Congress since 1993.

“I ... like the fact that the firm is bipartisan and for the six years that I chaired the Foreign Affairs Committee, I ran the committee in a very bipartisan way,” Royce told The Hill.

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“I think that that is very much the culture of this firm and so as a consequence, I believe that this firm is able to get tremendous results for its clients because of the ability of that type of bipartisan cooperation.”

Royce will split his time between Brownstein’s Washington office and its office in Orange County, Calif., where he is from.

“We see Chairman Royce as being of great stature not just here in Washington amongst his former colleagues but as a former chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, across the globe. Someone who’s worked with countries across different levels,” Marc Lampkin, the managing partner of Brownstein’s Washington office, told The Hill.

“We think that that duel-headed expertise makes him unique among a number of former members who are coming out.”

Lampkin said other former lawmakers approached the firm to get on board but that Royce was always their first choice.

“He was a chairman who succeeded in getting things done. He was someone that both Republicans and Democrats were willing to work with,” Lampkin added.

Royce also served on the House Financial Services Committee and is eager to continue his work on those issues at Brownstein.

“My entire career has been focused on free markets and on business and starting with the relationships or the trading relationships we helped to build up across Asia, the Africa Trade bill, the work that I did on reform of our export controls, the BUILD Act, which I pushed through the House, which gives us a counterweight to Beijing in the developing world,” Royce said.

“So there are many tools that have been developed that will help U.S. business compete in this environment overseas.”

He noted that he is ready to start advising clients. Royce will not be able to lobby Congress though until he is a year out of office.

“I know many individuals who when it comes to U.S. business interests and expansion into that markets, I think I can help with respect to advice, with respect to counsel, insights, certainly building a bridge for dialogue and helping to resolve problems from commercial disputes to opening markets,” he said.

Former Alaska Democratic Sen. Mark BegichMark Peter BegichFormer GOP chairman Royce joins lobbying shop Lobbying world Dem governors on 2020: Opposing Trump not enough MORE returned to Brownstein earlier this month, after leaving last year to run unsuccessfully for governor. He first started at the firm in 2015 after losing his Senate reelection bid.

Brownstein this month also hired Brian Burns from Johnson & Johnson and Emily Felder, former director of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services’s Office of Legislation. Earlier this year, Geoff Burr, formerly Transportation Secretary Elaine ChaoElaine Lan ChaoTrump administration cancels 9M for high-speed rail in California US halts flights to Venezuela Melania Trump expands mission of 'Be Best' on its one-year anniversary MORE’s chief of staff, was hired, and in July, Brownstein picked up Speaker Nancy PelosiNancy PelosiPelosi, Nadler tangle on impeachment, contempt vote Hillary Clinton slams Trump for spreading 'sexist trash' about Pelosi Hillicon Valley: Facebook won't remove doctored Pelosi video | Trump denies knowledge of fake Pelosi videos | Controversy over new Assange charges | House Democrats seek bipartisan group on net neutrality MORE’s (D-Calif.) former chief of staff, Nadeam Elshami.

Royce joins the list of former GOP House committee chairs going to lobbying firms. Former House Foreign Affairs Committee Chairwoman Ileana Ros-LehtinenIleana Carmen Ros-LehtinenK Street giants scoop up coveted ex-lawmakers Ex-GOP Rep. Denham heads to lobbying firm K Street boom extends under Trump, House Dems MORE (R-Fla.) and former House Science, Space and Technology Committee Chairman Lamar SmithLamar Seeligson SmithK Street giants scoop up coveted ex-lawmakers Ex-GOP Rep. Denham heads to lobbying firm K Street boom extends under Trump, House Dems MORE (R-Texas) are now at Akin Gump. Former Transportation and Infrastructure Committee Chairman Bill ShusterWilliam (Bill) Franklin ShusterRepublicans spend more than million at Trump properties K Street giants scoop up coveted ex-lawmakers Ex-GOP Rep. Denham heads to lobbying firm MORE (R-Pa.) is at Squire Patton Boggs.