Bass lands job with D.C. firm

A year after leaving Congress, former U.S. Rep. Charlie Bass has a new job.

The Peterborough Republican, who lost his Second District Congressional seat to Democrat Annie Kuster in 2012, has joined the international law and lobbying firm Greenberg Traurig. He will be working in the company’s Washington office.

Bass will be a senior director of the firm’s government law and policy group.

The Ledger-Transcript was unable to contact Bass for comment on his new job, but according to the Greenberg Traurig web site, his practice will focus on government policy and legislative matters related to the federal government.

“His expertise enables him to provide assistance with matters before the House of Representatives, and the U.S. Senate and Executive Branch agencies,” the website says.

A decade ago, Greenberg Traurig became one of the top 10 lobbying firms in Washington when it employed lobbyist Jack Abramoff. In 2004, the company fired Abramoff, who was later convicted of mail fraud, conspiracy to bribe public officials and tax evasion. According to an article in the ABA Journal, a Greenberg Traurig spokesperson said after Abramoff conviction that “ his plea agreement acknowledges that he defrauded Greenberg Traurig, and the restitution order recognizes that our firm was a victim of his illegal acts.”

Bass represented the 2nd Congressional district from 1995 to 2007 and from 2011 to 2013. He was a longtime member of the House Energy and Commerce Committee and also served on the Budget, Government Reform and Oversight, Transportation and Infrastructure and Intelligence Committees.

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