Former GOP Sen. Pat Roberts Joins Lobbying Firm Capitol Counsel

  • Firm’s clients include NFL, Edison Electric, PhRMA
  • Kansan retired from Congress after 40 years

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Former Sen. Pat Roberts, who retired in January, has joined top lobbying shop Capitol Counsel.

The Kansas Republican will serve as a senior counselor to the firm’s clients, offering “his insights and advice about legislative strategy and his deep understanding of the executive branch,” Capitol Counsel said in a release.

Capitol Counsel is a top firm by revenue, earning $19 million in 2020 from clients including Intuit Inc., the National Football League, Walmart Inc., the American Health Care Association, Edison Electric Institute, and the Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America, or PhRMA.

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Retired Sen. Pat Roberts has joined the lobbying firm of Capitol Counsel

Roberts served on Capitol Hill for 40 years. He was first elected to the House in 1980 and then to the Senate in 1996. Ethics rules bar him from lobbying either chamber for two years.

During his last term in the Senate, he served as chair of the Agriculture Committee and also served on the committees on Finance; Rules; and Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions.

“I have been honored to serve the citizens of Kansas and of the United States and look forward to this new chapter,” Roberts said in a statement. “I believe positive policy achievements are possible with hard work and good will. I look forward to joining the team.”

“He embodies the no-nonsense, authentic approach that made him a respected statesman. His unmatched experience offers our clients best-in-class strategic advice, and we are honored to have him join our team,” Shannon Finley, a partner at the firm, said in a statement.

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