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Jan Baran Weighs In on Job Market for Former House and Senate Members

Law360
January 15, 2019

Jan Witold Baran, partner in Wiley Rein’s Election Law & Government Ethics Practice, was quoted by Law360 in a January 10 article about the prospects for ex-lawmakers this year following the 2018 elections.

As former staffers and House members branch out into the private sector, they are faced with a number of legal issues, said Mr. Baran. There is a one-year “cooling off” period where any former House member or senior staff member cannot directly lobby their former colleagues and a two-year wait for former Senators, noted Mr. Baran.

Mr. Baran said that, as a result, former members will either wait until the end of the imposed hiatus to begin lobbying or will provide advice to their clients rather than direct advocacy. Mr. Baran added that the relatively small number of House and Senate Democrats entering the private sector will make them especially viable candidates for law firms who are looking to add to their staff.

“Any Republican who is leaving the House will not be as attractive as a departing Democrat is in the private sector,” Mr. Baran said.

Mr. Baran also commented on the shift in the culture of Capitol Hill over the course of his career. When Mr. Baran first came to Washington, he said many House and Senate members lived in the District part time, while today they stay in the area on a more consistent basis to help clients navigate the intricacies of the federal government.

“Government has grown so large, and there is increased demand for help from professionals on how to deal with government,” Mr. Baran said.

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