Democrats are well positioned to retake the Senate next year, making Senate Democratic aides a hot recruit for lobby firms.
“It’s a great time to be a Senate Democrat and looking downtown,” McKeon said.
He plans to register as a lobbyist and has a one-year “cooling off period” before he can lobby the Senate.
Before joining Shaheen’s office, McKeon previously worked as a senior aide to Sen. Barbara Boxer (D-Calif.) and was a deputy director for voter protection for Obama for America, helping oversee the effort to recruit and organize attorneys to be poll watchers in the 2012 election.
He joins a lucrative lobbying roster at Brownstein, Washington’s second-largest lobby firm by revenue. The firm has earned $13.3 million in lobbying fees so far in 2016 and picked up a number of high-profile hires in recent years, including former Sen. Mark Begich (D-Alaska) and Barry Jackson, a GOP strategist and top aide to ex-House Speaker John Boehner.