After punching his ticket for the required one year away from Capitol Hill, former House Ways and Mean Chairman, Rep. Bill Thomas, is back in the game. As the chair of the powerful House Ways and Means Committee, Thomas had clout in Congress.
At one point, Thomas was rumored to be dating a healthcare lobbyist who had business before the committee. There was also some embarrassment for the House when Thomas called in the Capitol police to "evict" the Democrats.
I have this feeling he's still got some connections over there in Congress and as a new lobbyist for a government relations firm, he's going to put those to work. I doubt he was hired for his charm and charisma. Just another show of how small the Washington world is and how closely lobbyists are tied to it.
It looks like he’s having a party if you want to say hello, according to CongressDaily:
Law firm and government relations company Buchanan Ingersoll & Rooney is throwing a party to welcome former House Ways and Means Chairman Bill Thomas, R-Calif., to its federal government relations team this Tuesday. Thomas, who chaired the powerful committee for five years before retiring from Congress in 2006, returns to the private sector after completing a visiting fellowship at the American Enterprise Institute earlier this year. To help welcome Thomas to his new position as senior adviser, swing by the Washington Court Hotel's Atrium Ballroom at 525 New Jersey Ave., NW, at 6 p.m. for cocktails and hor d'oeuvres. RSVP to Lia Dorsey at (202) 452-7312 or send her an e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.