First Street 30 – Ex-Members of Congress

The 10 ex-members on the list were among the 135 former members of Congress who actively lobbied in the first three quarters of 2011. The 10 don’t boast the most clients, but they have the highest-paying clients on average, reflecting the value that corporations and other organizations place on the relationships, reputations, and experiences of former members of Congress.

The List

Senator John Breaux: D LA-7 (1972–1987) & D-LA (1986–2005)—Breaux Lott Leadership Group & Patton Boggs LLP
John Breaux was known for his fondness for negotiating when he served as a Democratic senator from Louisiana; he once famously quipped that while his vote could not be bought, “it could be rented.” More

  • Number of Clients: 35
  • Total Amount Clients Paid Firm: $8,380,000
  • Number of Fortune 100 Clients: 8

Representative Thomas Downey: D NY-2 (1975–1993)—Downey McGrath Group, Inc.
Former New York Democratic representative Thomas J. Downey made a quick transition onto K Street after nearly two decades in the U.S. House, where he served on the Armed Services, Budget, and Ways and Means committees. More

  • Number of Clients: 23
  • Total Amount Clients Paid Firm: $1,820,000
  • Number of Fortune 100 Clients: 2

Representative Victor Fazio: D CA-3 (1979–1999)—Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP
Having spent two decades as a House member from California, several of them as a member of the Democratic leadership, Vic Fazio has established himself as one of Washington’s best-connected lobbyists. More

  • Number of Clients: 51
  • Total Amount Clients Paid Firm: $10,340,000
  • Number of Fortune 100 Clients: 5

Representative Richard Gephardt: D MO-3 (1977–2005)—Gephardt Group Government Affairs
The former Missouri congressman and House Democratic leader has always been known for a conciliatory approach to issues; his top aide, James M. Jaffe, once said: “He wants to make a deal on whatever issues people are interested in.” More

  • Number of Clients: 18
  • Total Amount Clients Paid Firm: $3,650,000
  • Number of Fortune 100 Clients: 4

Senator Tim Hutchinson: R AK-3 (1993–1997) & R-AK (1997–2003)—Dickstein Shapiro LLP
The former conservative Republican Senator—known during his days as an Arkansas state legislator as “no tax Tim”—has taken the policy knowledge and connections earned during his service on the Armed Services, Aging, Health, and Veterans’ Affairs committees to bring in top dollars for Dickstein Shapiro, which he joined immediately upon leaving Congress in 2003. More

  • Number of Clients: 18
  • Total Amount Clients Paid Firm: $5,250,000
  • Number of Fortune 100 Clients: 1

Representative Robert Livingston: R LA-1 (1977–1999)—The Livingston Group, L.L.C.
As a former chairman of the House Appropriations Committee, who almost became House speaker—the Louisiana Republican was well-versed in the art of doing favors for colleagues. More

  • Number of Clients: 50
  • Total Amount Clients Paid Firm: $6,510,000
  • Number of Fortune 100 Clients: 3

Senator Trent Lott: R MS-5 (1973–1989) & R-MS (1989–2007)—Breaux Lott Leadership Group & Patton Boggs LLP
Trent Lott deploys many of the same skills as a lobbyist that he used as Senate Majority Leader and Majority Whip: a gregarious personality carried over from his days as a University of Mississippi yell leader, an acute attention to detail he developed as a legislative aide, and an astute pragmatism about just how far his former colleagues might go on a given vote. More

  • Number of Clients: 24
  • Total Amount Clients Paid Firm: $6,240,000
  • Number of Fortune 100 Clients: 8

Representative James McCrery, III: R LA-4 (1988–1989)—Capitol Counsel, LLC
The former Louisiana Republican was known for his even demeanor and expertise on tax, trade, and health care matters during his stint on the House Ways and Means Committee, and he continues to delve into those subjects as a lobbyist for Capitol Counsel on behalf of Cardinal Health, Health Care Science Corp., and the American Health Care Association. More

  • Number of Clients: 45
  • Total Amount Clients Paid Firm: $6,290,000
  • Number of Fortune 100 Clients: 3

Representative Bill Paxon: R NY-31 (1989–1993) & R NY-27 (1993–1999)—Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP
The former New York Republican representative, who served on the powerful Committee on Energy and Commerce during the 1990s and was once considered a rising star in the House GOP, has become a top lobbyist on behalf of Trimble Navigation Ltd., a Sunnyvale, California-based company that makes navigation gear like the GPS. More

  • Number of Clients: 21
  • Total Amount Clients Paid Firm: $4,300,000
  • Number of Fortune 100 Clients: 4

Representative Vin Weber: R MN-6 (1981–1983) & R MN-2 (1983–1993)—Clark & Weinstock
The former Republican congressman from Minnesota—nearly 20 years after leaving Capitol Hill—remains a prominent GOP strategist with strong party connections that have helped him become a top lobbyist on K Street. More

  • Number of Clients: 24
  • Total Amount Clients Paid Firm: $2,410,000
  • Number of Fortune 100 Clients: 0

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See which former members of Congress just missed the cut:  First Street 30: Missed the Cut – Ex-Members

See the Methodology section of this report for more information on the data used and how the First Street 30 were selected.

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