Former GOP chairman Royce joins lobbying shop

Former GOP chairman Royce joins lobbying shop
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Former Rep. Ed RoyceEdward (Ed) Randall RoyceGil Cisneros to face Young Kim in rematch of 2018 House race in California The most expensive congressional races of the last decade Mystery surrounds elusive sanctions on Russia 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 BegichAlaska political mess has legislators divided over meeting place Former GOP chairman Royce joins lobbying shop Lobbying world 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 ChaoCOVID-19 — airline bailout must also help our kids avoid the next climate crisis On The Money: Trump to propose payroll tax cut over coronavirus | Congress weighs options to protect economy | Outbreak, oil prices drive market meltdown | Wells Fargo directors resign under pressure from Democrats Watchdog sues for records of Boeing's communications with Trump's Transportation Department MORE’s chief of staff, was hired, and in July, Brownstein picked up Speaker Nancy PelosiNancy PelosiSunday shows preview: Lawmakers, state governors talk coronavirus, stimulus package and resources as pandemic rages on Attacking the Affordable Care Act in the time of COVID-19 DC argues it is shortchanged by coronavirus relief bill MORE’s (D-Calif.) former chief of staff, Nadeam Elshami.

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