Former Rep. Tim Roemer (D-Ind.), who most recently was ambassador to India, has joined the public affairs firm APCO Worldwide as a senior vice president. He said he will not lobby in his new role and instead will provide strategic advice on a range of international and domestic matters.
He plans to help clients “get a better feel for the climate of Washington, D.C., and the politics of the town,” he added.
The six-term lawmaker also said he would not rule out a future bid for public office, though the 55-year-old said that wasn’t likely until after his children are grown.
“I find myself in more PTA meetings and trying to help them get elected president of their class,” he said.
He also spent a chunk of time in 2008 campaigning for President Barack Obama.
“It is one of the highest honors to represent your hometown community. If I was ever honored to be able to do it with the right cause and right passion again, I sure might want to have that terrific job again,” he said. “Why would you ever rule out serving your country in one of the highest and most rewarding jobs?”
For now, he said, it’s “great to be in the private sector for a while.”
Roemer, who was a founder of the pro-business New Democrat Coalition, said he hadn’t worked much with APCO in the past but found the firm a good fit after considering his next gig. APCO has offices around the world including in Delhi, Dubai, Paris and Shanghai.
“I found that this firm really was doing exciting things, interesting things around the world,” he said.
Roemer, who was a member of the 9/11 commission, also will serve as a member of APCO’s Global Political Strategies and International Advisory Council.
“Tim brings a strong background in international trade and investment, education policy and national security,” APCO CEO Margery Kraus said in a statement.
Former Sen. Don Riegle (D-Mich.), who is chairman of APCO’s government relations team, added: “Tim is well-known in Washington as a problem-solver who encourages collaboration and cooperation — especially valuable traits given the current political environment and the importance of the challenges we face.”
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