Mica aide becomes transpo lobbyist

March 14, 2011

The chief of staff to the chairman of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee traveled a well-worn path over the weekend.

Rusty Roberts, who last week was top aide to Rep. John Mica (R-Fla.), started Monday at lobbying shop BGR Government Affairs, where he will manage the transportation group, the newspaper Roll Call reported.

He’ll bring his contacts on the Hill and knowledge of transportation issues to the persuasion-for-hire business. House members and senators are required to take a time-out before going from public service to K Street, but that’s not the case for staffers.

Roberts made $168,000 in 2010, according to LegiStorm, but his salary is likely to be significantly higher at BGR.

Mica met with reporters and editors at The Washington Post last week, saying of the Transportation Security Administration: “It’s obvious they tried to cook the books to make it look like the private screening under federal supervision was more expensive.”

More of his contributions come from groups and individuals associated with the air transport industry than from any other, according to the Center for Responsive Politics.

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