Lobbyist Linda Daschle, whose husband, Tom, is expected to be nominated as secretary of Health and Human Services, is leaving her longtime post at Baker, Donelson, Bearman, Caldwell & Berkowitz and will open her own firm in January.
Although several sources speculated that the move is to avoid any conflict of interest between Bakers health care clients and her husbands HHS job, Daschle herself said opening her own shop is something shes long wanted to do.
This is something Ive been dreaming of doing for a number of years, and I just felt like its the appropriate time to do it, she said, adding that she has yet to come up with a name for her firm-to-be.
The former acting administrator of the Federal Aviation Administration, Daschle said she plans to focus on transportation policy and communications.
Its possible that I will continue to do lobbying, but only in those areas, she said.
Daschle has been chairman of Bakers federal public policy group. A firm spokeswoman said that in the interim, D.C. managing partner Keith Kennedy will take over that role.
Said Baker Donelsons senior policy adviser, John Tuck: Shes done a great job and is well-known in the aviation community and others, and well miss her. She was a great attribute to our firm.