Hastert to Join Lobbying Firm Dickstein Shapiro

Saturday, May 31, 2008

Former House Speaker J. Dennis Hastert (R-Ill.) has agreed to join the lobbying law firm Dickstein Shapiro as a senior adviser, the District-based firm said yesterday.

Hastert served as speaker from 1999 to 2006. He resigned his House seat, which he had held since 1987, last November.

The former high school wrestling coach stepped down from the Republican leadership after the 2006 midterm elections, when his party suffered heavy losses, including control of the House.

At Dickstein, Hastert "will not be lobbying; he will be providing strategic counseling to our clients," a spokeswoman for the firm said.

-- Jeffrey H. Birnbaum

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