Former House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio), who resigned last year after repeatedly clashing with the more conservative wing of his party, is joining the law and lobby powerhouse Squire Patton Boggs.
Boehner will be a “strategic adviser” at the firm — a common designation for former legislators who take K Street jobs after leaving office but do not register to lobby. The firm said Boehner will not lobby Congress and will instead advise corporate clients on global business development.
A Boehner spokesman did not say whether Boehner will have an equity stake in the firm. His start date has yet to be announced. He will split his time between Washington, Ohio and elsewhere the firm has clients.
Squire Patton Boggs is the nation’s sixth-largest lobby firm by revenue, earning about $25 million in lobbying fees in 2015, according to the Center for Responsive Politics, which tracks lobbying activity. The firm is also home to former senators John Breaux (D-La.) and Trent Lott (R-Miss.), who have carved out one of the most successful post-Congress lobbying careers in Washington.
The announcement is the second in as many weeks that Boehner, who ran a plastics distributing business in Ohio before being elected to Congress in 1990, is stepping back into the corporate world.
Last week, tobacco company Reynolds American announced Boehner, a longtime smoker of Camel cigarettes, is joining the company’s board.
Boehner also co-headlined, along with Lott, Squire Patton Boggs’ reception at the GOP Cleveland convention in July.
“I left the private sector and got into public service decades ago because I wanted to help remove government barriers to economic growth and job creation, and that’s still the mission that drives me,” Boehner said in a statement. “My role with Squire Patton Boggs will give me the opportunity to engage with leaders in business and government throughout the world and help them work through the challenges they face.”
Squire Patton Boggs represents a wide swath of industries and companies including Airbus, Amazon (Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos owns The Washington Post) and Nissan North America. Recent notable work by the firm includes working for the embattled air bag maker Takata.
Longtime Boehner aides John Criscuolo and Amy Lozupone will also be joining the firm. Former Boehner deputy chief of staff Dave Schnittger has worked in Squire’s lobbying group since 2015.
“With his reputation and combined experience in both business and government, there are few people better equipped than Speaker Boehner to help us take things to the next level and bring our services to clients around the world,” Squire global managing partner Steve Mahon said in a statement.