Ex-Sen. Cory Gardner joins lobbying firm

Ex-Sen. Cory Gardner joins lobbying firm
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Former Sen. Cory GardnerCory GardnerProtecting the outdoors: Three cheers for America's best idea Ex-Sen. Cory Gardner joins lobbying firm Biden administration reverses Trump changes it says 'undermined' conservation program 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 HickenlooperRep. Tim Ryan becomes latest COVID-19 breakthrough case in Congress NY Democrat tests positive for COVID-19 in latest House breakthrough case Florida Democrat becomes latest breakthrough COVID-19 case in House 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 PriebusWisconsin GOP quietly prepares Ron Johnson backup plans Ex-Sen. Cory Gardner joins lobbying firm Democrats claim vindication, GOP cries witch hunt as McGahn finally testifies MORE, who served as former President TrumpDonald TrumpUkraine's president compares UN to 'a retired superhero' Collins to endorse LePage in Maine governor comeback bid Heller won't say if Biden won election 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. IsraelAnthrax was the COVID-19 of 2001 The lessons of Afghanistan are usually learned too late Do not underestimate Kathy Hochul MORE (D-N.Y.) to its board of advisers in March.

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“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.