Strunk, left, spent the past eight years on the Hill, most recently as the deputy floor director for the speaker. Now he is headed to the Forbes-Tate lobby shop.
The Forbes-Tate shop, the result of a merger this summer between Cauthen Forbes and Williams and Capitol Solutions, had a combined lobbying revenue in 2011 of $8.2 million.
The firmís clients include health care, telecom and other business interests such as AdvaMed, the Bipartisan Policy Centerís Advocacy Network, Comcast Corp., Honda Motor Co. and the Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America. When Strunk joins Jan. 7, the firm will have 11 lobbyists and four support staffers.
Because Strunkís Hill salary does not meet the threshold to trigger a cooling-off period, he will be free to immediately lobby his former colleagues. But the new job will be a transition, he said.
ďIím going to be coming from being the one thatís providing information to the one thatís seeking information, and itís going to be an adjustment,Ē Strunk said.
Vice President Joe Biden waits to conduct a mock swearing-in ceremony with Sen. Brian Schatz, D-Hawaii, in the Capitol's Old Senate Chamber, December 2, 2014. Schatz was sworn in to serve the remainder of his term since he was appointed to the seat after Sen. Daniel Inouye, D-Hawaii, passed away.