Stories From Washington’s Revolving Door

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Former Senator Christopher "Kit" Bond (Wikimedia commons)

Christopher “Kit” Bond (R-MO) announced his decision not to run for a fifth term in the Senate in 2009. Some may have thought the then 70 year old was planning on retirement. The truth was far from it. In fact, Bond was so enthusiastic about starting his new career as a lobbyist at St. Louis-based law firm, Thompson Coburn, he started work there two days before his replacement was sworn in to the Senate. Bond told the St. Louis Post Dispatch that he plans to focus on “matters in which he developed expertise over the years” including trade, agriculture and transportation.

Bob Bennett from Utah was one of the Republican senators targeted by the Tea Party during the 2010 midterm elections. In his party’s primary, he finished third behind two Tea Party candidates and was ousted after an 18-year career. After he served out his final term, he formed Bennett Consulting Group, a firm that lobbies for JPMorgan, a bank he was tasked with regulating as a member of three Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs subcommittees.

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