Ex-Rep. John Shimkus joins lobbying firm
Former Rep. John Shimkus (R-Ill.) is joining KBS Group as a principal, the lobbying and consulting firm announced Monday.
Shimkus, who did not seek reelection in 2020 after serving in Congress for more than two decades, was a senior member of the influential House Energy and Commerce Committee and the top Republican on the Subcommittee on Environment and the Economy.
“Shaping public policy is my passion. As a member of the House for 24 years, I look forward to helping our clients understand and navigate the process in our nation’s capital,” Shimkus said in a statement.
KBS Group, formerly known as Kit Bond Strategies, lobbied for 14 clients through the first three months of 2021, including Southwest Airlines and the Big 12 Conference. Shimkus will join former Rep. Kenny Hulshof (R-Mo.) and former Sen. Kit Bond (R-Mo.), KBS Group’s founder, at the firm.
“With his record of public service and accomplishments and respect from both sides of the aisle in Washington, John is a tremendous addition to our team,” Bond said in a statement.
In addition to his time in Congress, Shimkus served in the U.S. military for 28 years and retired with the rank of lieutenant colonel.
Shimkus was one of few House members in deep-red districts to publicly criticize former President Trump on multiple occasions. The Illinois lawmaker withdrew his support for Trump’s reelection bid after Trump pulled troops from the Turkey-Syria border, calling the decision “despicable.”
Several lawmakers who retired or lost reelection in 2020 have jumped into lobbying and consulting.
Former Sen. Doug Jones (D-Ala.) joined Arent Fox LLP after losing his reelection bid. Former Rep. Greg Walden (R-Ore.) launched his own political consulting firm, Alpine Advisors, which swiftly signed Fox Corporation as its first client.
Under congressional ethics rules, ex-House members are barred from lobbying their former colleagues for one year after leaving office.
–Updated at 10:42 a.m.