Former Rep. Charlie Dent (R-Pa.) will join the law firm DLA Piper as a senior policy adviser in June.
Dent, who announced his retirement in September and left Congress earlier this month, represented Pennsylvania’s 15th Congressional district since 2005. While in Congress, he was a subcommittee chair on the House Appropriations Committee and chair of the House Ethics Committee.
The ex-congressman, who is also a CNN on-air contributor, will be based in Philadelphia and Washington, D.C. It was not immediately clear whether Dent planned to lobby. Under House Ethics rules, former members of the House may not lobby either chamber for one year.
While it’s not unusual for members of Congress to lobby or take on consulting work, it’s less common for them to resign of their own volition midway through their term and join a firm.
In a statement announcing Dent’s new role, Ignacio Sanchez, chair of DLA Piper’s government affairs practice, praised the former congressman for his “many strong relationships with elected officials from both parties” and “his deep understanding of Congress and a range of international and domestic issues.”
While in Congress, Dent led the centrist Tuesday Group and was a frequent critic of President Donald Trump. In his statement announcing his retirement, Dent said that he wanted to “fulfill the basic functions of government, like keeping the lights on and preventing default” but added, “that has not been easy given the disruptive outside influences that profit from increased polarization and ideological rigidity that leads to dysfunction, disorder and chaos.”
The McCormick Group conducted Dent’s search.
Dent is not the only former member of Congress to work for DLA Piper. He joins former Sens. Saxby Chambliss (R-Ga.) and George Mitchell (D-Maine) and former Reps. Mike Castle (R-Del.), Ray LaHood (R-Ill.) and Jim Blanchard (D-Mich.)