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Herseth Sandlin Looks Forward to K Street, With Eye on Lobbying

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Former Rep. Stephanie Herseth Sandlin (D-S.D.) is eager to start her K Street practice and has not decided whether she will run for elected office again.

“I’m excited about this professional move,” she told Roll Call on Wednesday.

The ex-Congresswoman, who lost her seat in November to Rep. Kristi Noem (R), has joined the firm Olsson Frank Weeda Terman Bode Matz as a principal. “I am continuing to work on the issues I’m passionate about,” Herseth Sandlin said.

The D.C.-based firm, which has a presence in South Dakota, focuses on agriculture and Food and Drug Administration matters. While in Congress, she served on the Agriculture Committee.

Herseth Sandlin, a lawyer licensed to practice in her home state, is prohibited from lobbying Members or staff in the House or Senate for one year, but she may provide strategic advice to clients.

When her cooling-off period ends, Herseth Sandlin may register to lobby. “That type of contact, after the first year, is definitely something I’m interested in doing,” she said.

Over the coming months, she will work on wooing new clients and said she expects to work closely with South Dakota State University, among others.

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