Former U.S. Rep. Chip Pickering, R-Mississippi, has joined the lobbyist firm Capital Resources, after opting not to run for re-election last year. Associated Press is reporting that Pickering's former chief of staff Susan Butler and former legislative director Mary Martha Henson are joining him at Capital Resources.
[From AP] JACKSON, Miss. (AP) - Former U.S. Rep. Chip Pickering has taken a job with Capitol Resources, a lobbying firm with offices in Jackson and Washington, D.C.
The 45-year-old Republican retired from Congress earlier this month. He was elected to represent a central Mississippi congressional district in 1996 and chose not to run again in 2008.
Capitol Resources announced Friday that Pickering; his former chief of staff, Susan Butler; and his former legislative director, Mary Martha Henson, have joined the firm.
Pickering has a one-year ban on lobbying Congress, but he can lobby federal agencies. He is expected to do most of his work in Washington.
Capitol Resources is the highest-grossing lobbying firm in Mississippi. One of its top officers is Henry Barbour, a nephew of Republican Gov. Haley Barbour.