What members do after Congress (besides lobbying) — in one chart

Not all members of Congress become lobbyists once they leave. Only 26 out of 118, in fact.

Others of them go into the private sector, academia, or even, in the case of former congressman Charlie Wilson (D-Ohio) return to the family mortician business.

Below is Bloomberg Businessweek’s breakdown of what all the ousted and retired members of Congress did after leaving Congress in 2010. And some of them might surprise you.

(And be sure to check out the full chart here.)


Aaron Blake covers national politics and writes regularly for The Fix.

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