Companies looking for a former member of Congress or an ex-congressional staffer to lobby on Capitol Hill have a new list of hundreds of potential candidates to review.
A total of 250 former congressional employees, including 72 former House members, this week became eligible to lobby Congress, if they wish to do so, according to congressional records (here and here). These individuals, who left Congress between Jan. 1, 2013, and Jan. 5, 2013, finished their one-year "cooling-off" period, which prohibited them from visiting Capitol Hill as lobbyists.
Since stepping down from their congressional jobs, at least some of them have landed at firms that do lobbying. They include former Reps. Howard Berman (D-Calif.), Mary Bono (R-Calif.), Jerry Costello (D-Ill.), Norm Dicks (D-Wash.), Steven LaTourette (R-Ohio), Connie Mack (R-Fla.), Denny Rehberg (R-Mont.), Cliff Stearns (R-Fla.) and John Sullivan (R-Okla.)