From Legislator to Lobbyist

Former Congressmen cash in on their Capitol Hill connections

When five-term California Democratic Congressman Jerry Patterson lost his bid for re-election last November, he reviewed his options: find a Government job, return to law practice or start a new career. "Be a snow-plow operator in Tahoe," jokes Patterson, "or something like that." In the end, Patterson chose Washington. An influential former member of the House Banking, Finance and Urban Affairs Committee, he became a Washington-based attorney and lobbyist for a California law firm, at about double the annual $75,100 congressional salary.

Patterson's switch from legislator to lobbyist is an increasingly attractive choice for Congressmen who have lost or given up...

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