No doubt recently-retired Sen. Byron Dorgan (D-ND) had occasion to meet with many unelected professionals representing communications interests when pertinent legislation was before the Commerce Committee, one of Dorgan’s prime senatorial bailiwicks. But the next time Dorgan has such an encounter, he will be on the other side of the table.
Along with Robert Bennett, whose name until recently was commonly followed by (R-UT), Dorgan has signed on as Senior Policy Advisors in the Government Relations Practice of Arent Fox LLP.
Former Rep. Phil English is already on board at Arent Fox, and he will be sharing co-chair duties of the firm’s Government Relations Practice with Dorgan.
“Bob Bennett and I have worked closely on many issues while in the U.S. Senate, and I am excited to work with him in this new role of a Senior Policy Advisor at one of Washington’s premier law firms,” Dorgan said.
Bennett added, “I am delighted to join forces with my good friend Byron Dorgan as Washington is making critical decisions that will have lasting effects on every business and every industry. I’m confident our bi-partisan approach, coupled with Phil English and the outstanding professionals at Arent Fox, will serve our clients well in this new endeavor.”
Arent Fox Chairman Mark M. Katz welcomed the Senators to the firm: “We are extraordinarily pleased to start the year with Senators Bennett and Dorgan at Arent Fox. They bring a remarkable amount of leadership, knowledge and experience in key policy areas including taxes, energy, financial services, and trade. They will add a tremendous amount of proven strategic, policy and business expertise that is important to our clients and our law firm.”
According to Huffington Post, neither has immediate plans to function as an active lobbyist, although Bennett didn’t rule that out in the future. Dorgan said he was interested in helping to shape energy policy from the private sector side.
Dorgan and Bennett also signed on recently with Leading Authorities, headed by Mark French – a rep firm that will seek opportunities for them to speak on the lecture circuit. Two other recently retired senators, Judd Gregg (R-NH) and Evan Bayh (D-IN) also signed on with LA.