K Street

Retiring lawmakers will face tough market on K Street
‘K Street is not hungering for former members,’ senator-turned-lobbyist Norm Coleman says

In most cases, it’s congressional staff members who K Street really clamors for. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call file photo)

K Street recruiters are poring over the list of 21, and counting, lawmakers planning to exit Congress, but the lobbying sector may offer a shrinking supply of big-money gigs heading into the 2020 elections. 

As more House members and senators consider making their escape from Capitol Hill, the realities of the K Street economy and the well-worn revolving door will be among their considerations, say insiders at lobbying firms and downtown headhunters.

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Boehner Joins Influential K Street Firm
Ex-speaker to rake in big bucks as global adviser

Former House Speaker John A. Boehner is leveraging his government experience in the influence industry. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call file photo)

Former House Speaker John A. Boehner is cashing in on K Street almost one year after resigning from Capitol Hill.

The Ohio Republican will join Squire Patton Boggs, a global law firm that traces its roots to one of Washington's oldest and most prominent lobbying practices. The shop is also the professional home of several former Boehner congressional aides and to former Senate Majority Leader Trent Lott of Mississippi and Democratic ex-Sen. John Breaux of Louisiana.

New Group for Lobbyists Moves to Fill Void
Free memberships offered to exiles of shuttered K Street association

A new lobbyist group is ramping up its operations during a heated campaign season. (Roll Call Photos)

A new trade group for lobbyists is positioning itself to fill the void left by the Association of Government Relations Professionals, which shut down last week .  

The National Institute for Lobbying & Ethics has begun offering free memberships to exiles of the defunct association who aren’t likely to get their 2016 dues refunded. The response from K Street has been strong, according to lobbying institute founder Paul Miller.  

Aviation, Drug Pricing Keep Lobbyists Busy in Election Year
Firms still bracing for dropoff as recesses loom

A February House Oversight and Government Reform hearing on drug price increases helped elevate the issue's prominence. (Photo By Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

A narrow set of policy issues -- aviation programs, the Zika virus and drug prices -- are keeping the lobbying business afloat, even as some big players scale back amid the typical election-year falloff.  

The U.S. Chamber of Commerce boosted its spending in the first quarter of this year, according to disclosures filed with Congress this week. But other prominent players, such as the Business Roundtable, Squire Patton Boggs and Comcast Corp., are seeing business slow.  

Lobbyist Trade Group Closes Amid Legal Fight
But a new lobbyist organization is set to launch operations next month

Former Missorui Rep. Kenny Hulshof will advise a new lobbyist group. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

The trade group representing K Street lobbyists in Washington, D.C., is shutting down.  

The Association of Government Relations Professionals, formerly called the American League of Lobbyists, began winding down operations Monday, according to a notice posted on its website.  

Boehner Team in Place to Show Him the Money

Boehner during his final days in office. (Al Drago/CQ Roll Call)

Boehner Inc. begins.  

It took former Speaker John A. Boehner less than a week after leaving Congress to start assembling a team of power players to help him cash in.  

Ryan Staffing Up for Speaker's Office

(Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

If he's elected speaker Thursday, Paul D. Ryan plans to name David Hoppe — a man best known around the Capitol for his Senate experience — to be his chief of staff.  

Hoppe is a lobbyist who has worked as a chief of staff on both sides of the Rotunda. Most notably, Hoppe has worked under senators including Majority Leader Trent Lott of Mississippi and Minority Whip Jon Kyl of Arizona. Like his new boss, Hoppe is a die-hard Green Bay Packers fan and fellow shareholder. "Dave has been a foot soldier in the conservative movement, and he is a good friend," Ryan said in a statement Sunday. "His decades of experience fighting for the cause and his passionate commitment to conservative principles are just what I’m looking for to create a new kind of speakership."  

Who Whispers in Paul Ryan's Ear?

Ryan greets a visitor Wednesday along Independence Avenue after a vote. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

After the 1994 elections handed Republicans control of the House, freshman Sam Brownback of Kansas searched for a legislative director. His pick: A boyish, almost 25-year-old policy wonk named Paul D. Ryan, who had left the Hill for a policy job.  

It was a pivotal career move for Ryan, who during his decades in Washington has amassed a cadre of loyal aides and policy insiders that comprise a seasoned inner circle, helpful to the conditional speaker-in-waiting .