Former GOP rep joins King & Spalding

Former GOP rep joins King & Spalding
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Former Rep. Ander Crenshaw (R-Fla.), who retired from Congress earlier this year, is joining law and lobby firm King & Spalding. 

He’s becoming a senior counsel within the firm’s government advocacy and public policy practice. The firm says he’ll be specializing in issues involving the financial services, defense and healthcare sectors.

“Congressman Crenshaw is widely regarded as a thoughtful, diligent legislator and has high-level contacts throughout the executive and legislative branches,” Wick Sollers, the managing partner of King & Spalding’s Washington office, said in a statement.

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Crenshaw was first elected to Congress in 2000, and served in the Florida state Senate and House of Representatives. In his private-sector life, he spent nearly two decades as an investment banker. 

“Ander’s tenure in the House was marked by an ability to build consensus through common-sense arguments and strong advocacy,” said Tom Spulak, chair of the firm’s government advocacy and public policy practice. 

On Capitol Hill, he sat on the House Appropriations Committee, including several of its subcommittees. He chaired its Financial Services and General Government Affairs subcommittee, responsible for funding of the Treasury Department.

Crenshaw also concentrated his efforts on military funding, disability rights and international affairs, including helping to found the Millennium Challenge Corporation, an independent government agency focused on foreign aid. He also sponsored a piece of legislation called the ABLE Act to create tax-free savings accounts for people with disabilities.

King & Spalding earned $3.7 million in lobbying revenues in 2016, with clients including the Muscular Dystrophy Association and Embraer, a Brazilian aerospace conglomerate third in size only to Boeing and Airbus. The firm also represents the government of Saudi Arabia.

“King & Spalding’s roster of former government officials — elected and non-elected, both Democrat and Republican — was a compelling platform as I contemplated life after Congress,” said Crenshaw. 

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