McGuireWoods has added former U.S. Sen. Evan Bayh (D-Ind.) to its Washington office as a partner. Bayh will serve as an adviser to the firm’s clients who are facing issues dealing with public policy decisions involving the actions of Congress, the executive branch and state-level authorities.
The Wall Street Journal broke the news of Bayh’s hire in a post today.
Bayh, who served as a senator for two terms from 1999 to 2011, announced in February 2010 that he wouldn’t seek re-election, saying, “There is too much partisanship and not enough progress—too much narrow ideology and not enough practical problem-solving. Even at a time of enormous challenge, the people's business is not being done."
After making that announcement, which came as a shock to the Democratic establishment as it headed into a tough election cycle, it was unclear what Bayh’s future would entail. Bayh said at the time that there were “better ways” to serve Indiana residents than as a member of Congress.
Bayh, a moderate Democrat who served on the Energy and Natural Resources Committee as well as the Banking Committee, will focus on advising clients on banking policy as well as energy and climate-change policy.
Bayh, whose government experience also includes one term as Indiana’s secretary of state and two terms as the state’s governor, will be a senior adviser to McGuireWoods Consulting, the firm’s public affairs arm. It is unclear whether Bayh will register to lobby.
In addition to his work with McGuireWoods, Bayh will be a senior adviser to Apollo Global Management, a New York-based private equity firm.
In a prepared statement, Bayh said, “I am honored to join McGuireWoods. I’ve always been impressed by the top-notch professionalism, excellent character and collegial atmosphere here. The firm’s national and increasingly global presence gives me a broad platform to develop a challenging practice serving a wide variety of clients at the highest level.” Bayh wasn’t immediately available for additional comment.