Ex-Sen. Cory Gardner joins lobbying firm

Ex-Sen. Cory Gardner joins lobbying firm
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Former Sen. Cory GardnerCory GardnerEx-Sen. Cory Gardner joins lobbying firm Biden administration reverses Trump changes it says 'undermined' conservation program Gardner to lead new GOP super PAC ahead of midterms MORE (R-Colo.) will join the board of Michael Best Strategies, the lobbying firm announced Wednesday.

Gardner, a one-term senator, lost his reelection bid to Democrat John HickenlooperJohn HickenlooperManchin grills Haaland over Biden oil and gas moratorium It's time for US to get serious about cleaning up space junk Bipartisan group says it's still on track after setback on Senate floor MORE in November. Gardner chaired the Energy and Natural Resources Subcommittee on Energy and led the National Republican Senatorial Committee from 2017 to 2019.

Michael Best Strategies is run by Reince PriebusReinhold (Reince) Richard PriebusEx-Sen. Cory Gardner joins lobbying firm Democrats claim vindication, GOP cries witch hunt as McGahn finally testifies Biden's is not a leaky ship of state — not yet MORE, who served as former President TrumpDonald TrumpMeghan McCain: Democrats 'should give a little credit' to Trump for COVID-19 vaccine Trump testing czar warns lockdowns may be on table if people don't get vaccinated Overnight Health Care: CDC details Massachusetts outbreak that sparked mask update | White House says national vaccine mandate 'not under consideration at this time' MORE's White House chief of staff and as Republican National Committee chairman. The firm has expanded this year, naming former Rep. Steve IsraelSteven (Steve) J. IsraelLawmakers spend more on personal security in wake of insurrection Here's what Congress is reading at the beach this summer Joe Manchin's secret MORE (D-N.Y.) to its board of advisers in March.


“Cory is an efficient communicator and leader and has an extraordinary track record of success in an array of policy and legislative matters,” Priebus said in a statement. “As another tenured former government representative joins our board, Cory’s addition will greatly benefit Michael Best Strategies as we continue to deepen our leadership and advisory positions with former lawmakers.”

Politico Playbook first reported the news of Gardner’s hiring early Wednesday.

Gardner will “collaborate with the firm on business development and public policy, while providing strategic advice and counsel to clients,” the firm said in a statement.

Michael Best Strategies brought in $1.6 million from 33 lobbying clients through the first three months of 2021, according to OpenSecrets.org. That’s up from $895,000 during the same period last year.

Gardner is one of many lawmakers who retired or lost reelection in 2020 to join a lobbying firm.

Former Sen. Doug Jones (D-Ala.) joined lobbying and law firm Arent Fox last month. Former Sen. Pat RobertsCharles (Pat) Patrick RobertsBob Dole, Pat Roberts endorse Kansas AG Derek Schmidt for governor Ex-Sen. Cory Gardner joins lobbying firm Senate GOP faces retirement brain drain MORE (R-Kan.) was hired by lobbying firm Capitol Counsel in February.

On the House side, former committee chairs Mike ConawayKenneth (Mike) Michael ConawayEx-Sen. Cory Gardner joins lobbying firm If Congress can't work together to address child hunger we're doomed Ex-Rep. Mike Conaway, former aide launch lobbying firm MORE (R-Texas) and Greg WaldenGregory (Greg) Paul WaldenEx-Sen. Cory Gardner joins lobbying firm Ex-Rep. John Shimkus joins lobbying firm Lobbying world MORE (R-Ore.) have launched their own lobbying and consulting firms. Former Rep. John ShimkusJohn Mondy ShimkusEx-Sen. Cory Gardner joins lobbying firm Lobbying world Ex-Rep. John Shimkus joins lobbying firm MORE (R-Ill.) also joined KBS Group, the lobbying firm announced Monday.