At the time of his retirement at the end of the last term cycle, he was the Ranking Member of the House Committee on Energy and Commerce.
On communications issues that tended to break down along party lines, which is hardly all of them, he was a reliable vote for the Democratic position.
According to The Hill, he is now working for a lobbying firm along with his son.
The telecom on his client list is T-Mobile.
He also will be representing three health-related organizations and an organization of California state employees.
He will not be able to work the halls of the House until a year after retirement, which would expire sometime early next year. He is free to work the Senate and the executive branch.