Former members of Congress always welcome on K Street

By Laurie Bennett

November 10, 2011 at 9:55am

With the announcement Wednesday that Tom Loeffler had joined the firm as a partner, Akin Gump nudged up a notch in the elite group of firms employing former U.S. senators and representatives.

Loeffler, a Republican who co-chaired John McCain’s 2008 campaign, served four terms as a House member from Texas.

House and Senate alumni can assume a range of roles in Washington law firms and lobby shops - as full-time partners or part-time advisers or consultants.

In signing Loeffler, Akin Gump now employs five former members of Congress - two Democrats and three Republicans. Tom Foley is also a partner. Lauch Faircloth, Vic Fazio and Bill Paxon are advisers.

Livingston Group has just one such partner - former House Appropriations Chairman Robert Livingston. Five other former members of Congress act as senior counselors: Jim Barcia, Eva Clayton, Bob Clement and Bill Zeliff.

Another firm, Advantage Associates International, markets itself as a collaboration of seven former House members. Led by Texas Democrat Bill Sarpalius, Advantage is currently being paid $25,000 a month to represent former Pakistan President Pervez Musharraf.

Arent Fox employs five former members in a variety of advisory capacities. Our tally includes Dale Bumpers, former U.S. senator and governor of Arkansas, and John Culver, a former member of both chambers, who are retired counsel. Advisers include Robert Bennett, Byron Dorgan and Phil English.

Other firms tapping the expertise and connections of former members of Congress:

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