One hundred and fifteen former House members and senators, who served full or partial terms in the 115th Congress, are newly adapting to life after Capitol Hill. CQ Roll Call finds them in a wide variety of roles, ranging from the expected to the unusual.
Three lawmakers from the last Congress have died, either while serving or since leaving office. Here’s what the rest of the alums have been up to.
Madeleine Z. Bordallo, D-Guam — Washington liaison to the governor of Guam
Robert A. Brady, D-Pa. — chairman, Philadelphia County Democratic Party
Jason Chaffetz, R-Utah —Fox News contributor; author of “The Deep State” released in September 2018
Mike Coffman, R-Colo. — running for mayor of Aurora
Bob Corker, R-Tenn. — nationwide speaking tour, with all money donated to charity
Ryan A. Costello, R-Pa. — managing director, Americans for Carbon Dividends; independent consultant
Carlos Curbelo, R-Fla. — Millennial Action Project advisory board
John Delaney, D-Md. — running for 2020 Democratic presidential nomination
Joe Donnelly, D-Ind. — board of directors, One Country Project; partner, Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld; professor, University of Notre Dame; board of directors, Soufan Center
Al Franken, D-Minn. — podcast host
Luis V. Gutiérrez, D-Ill. — policy adviser, National Partnership for New Americans
Karen Handel, R-Ga. — running in Georgia’s 6th District
Heidi Heitkamp, D-N.D. — CNBC contributor; board of directors, One Country Project; Harvard Kennedy School fellow
Dean Heller, R-Nev. — speaking engagements
Raúl R. Labrador, R-Idaho — chairman of the Idaho Republican Party
Mia Love, R-Utah — CNN political commentator; visiting fellow in Australia at the University of Sydney’s United States Centre
Claire McCaskill, D-Mo. — political commentator for NBC News and MSNBC
Robert Pittenger, R-N.C. — chairman, Parliamentary Intelligence-Security Forum
Beto O’Rourke, D-Texas — running for 2020 Democratic presidential nomination
Erik Paulsen, R-Minn. — honorary co-chairman, Pass USMCA
Steve Pearce, R-N.M. — chairman, New Mexico Republican Party
Scott Taylor, R-Va. — running for U.S. Senate
David Valadao, R-Calif. — filed to run for California’s 21st District
David Young, R-Iowa — running in Iowa’s 3rd District
ELECTED/APPOINTED/RETURNED TO OTHER OFFICES
Xavier Becerra, D-Calif. — California attorney general
Marsha Blackburn, R-Tenn. — U.S. Senate
Jim Bridenstine, R-Okla. — NASA administrator
Kevin Cramer, R-N.D. — U.S. Senate
Ron DeSantis, R-Fla. — Florida governor
Keith Ellison, D-Minn. — Minnesota attorney general
Evan Jenkins, R-W.Va. — Appointed to fill a vacancy on the West Virginia Supreme Court
Brenda Jones, D-Mich. — president, Detroit City Council
Michelle Lujan Grisham, D-N.M. — New Mexico governor
Martha McSally, R-Ariz. — U.S. Senate
Mick Mulvaney, R-S.C. — acting White House chief of staff; also Office of Management and Budget director
Bill Nelson, D-Fla. — NASA Advisory Council
Kristi Noem, R-S.D. — South Dakota governor
Jared Polis, D-Colo. — Colorado governor
Mike Pompeo, R-Kan. — U.S. secretary of State, after serving as CIA director
Tom Price, R-Ga. — Health and Human Services secretary, Jan. - Sept. 2017
Jacky Rosen, D-Nev. — U.S. Senate
Jeff Sessions, R-Ala. — U.S. attorney general, Feb. 2017 to Nov. 2018
Kyrsten Sinema, D-Ariz. — U.S. Senate
Tim Walz, D-Minn. — Minnesota governor
Michael E. Capuano, D-Mass. — public affairs director, Foley & Lardner
Barbara Comstock, R-Va. — senior adviser, Baker Donelson’s Government Relations and Public Policy Group
Joseph Crowley, D-N.Y. — senior policy adviser, Squire Patton Boggs
John Culberson, R-Texas — Clark Hill government and public affairs practice
Jeff Denham, R-Calif. — K&L Gates
Charlie Dent, R-Pa. — senior policy adviser, DLA Piper
Trey Gowdy, R-S.C. — Nelson, Mullins, Riley & Scarborough
Colleen Hanabusa, D-Hawaii — counsel to the Hawaii Legislature
Gregg Harper, R-Miss. — Watkins & Eager
Lynn Jenkins, R-Kan. — LJ Strategies
Ruben Kihuen, D-Nev. — principal, Ramirez Group consulting firm in Las Vegas
Jon Kyl, R-Ariz. — senior of counsel, Covington & Burling
Frank A. LoBiondo, R-N.J. — LoBo Strategies consulting firm
Luke Messer, R-Ind. — co-chairman of federal advocacy, Faegre Baker Daniels Consulting
Tim Murphy, R-Pa. — Cranmer Consultants
Dave Reichert, R-Wash. — Vice president, Gordon Thomas Honeywell; consultant, DNA database for Central America
Tom Rooney, R-Fla. — principal, Buchanan Ingersoll & Rooney
Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, R-Fla. — Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld
Peter Roskam, R-Ill. — partner, Sidley Austin; visiting fellow, University of Chicago Institute of Politics
Dennis A. Ross, R-Fla. — attorney, Gray Robinson
Ed Royce, R-Calif. — policy director, Brownstein Hyatt Farber Shreck
Bill Shuster, R-Pa. — Squire Patton Boggs, global public policy practice
Lamar Smith, R-Texas — senior consultant, Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld
Kevin Yoder, R-Kan. — partner, HHQ Ventures
Rod Blum, R-Iowa — owner, Digital Canal
Jeff Flake, R-Ariz. — board of directors, Taylor Morrison Home Corp.
Jeb Hensarling, R-Texas — executive vice chairman for the Americas region, UBS Group AG
James B. Renacci, R-Ohio — owner and president, LTC Management Services
Dana Rohrabacher, R-Calif. — advisory board member of BudTrader, a California-based marijuana advertising website
Todd Rokita, R-Ind. — general counsel, Apex Benefits, Indianapolis
Steve Russell, R-Okla. — pastor, First Southern Baptist Church, Oklahoma City
Pat Tiberi, R-Ohio — president and CEO, Ohio Business Roundtable
Ryan Zinke, R-Mont. — U.S. Interior secretary, March 2017 - Dec. 2018; managing director at cybersecurity and blockchain company Artillery One
Dave Brat, R-Va. — dean, School of Business at Liberty University
John J. Duncan Jr., R-Tenn. — Duncan School of Law, Lincoln Memorial University, Knoxville
Sander M. Levin, D-Mich. — University of Michigan’s Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy
Mark Sanford, R-S.C. — Pritzker fellow at the University of Chicago’s Institute of Politics
OUT OF OFFICE/UNCERTAIN
Lou Barletta, R-Pa.
Joe L. Barton, R-Texas
Mike Bishop, R-Mich.
Diane Black, R-Tenn.
John Conyers Jr., D-Mich.
Dan Donovan, R-N.Y.
Elizabeth Esty, D-Conn.
Blake Farenthold, R-Texas
John J. Faso, R-N.Y.
Trent Franks, R-Ariz.
Rodney Frelinghuysen, R-N.J.
Tom Garrett, R-Va.
Robert W. Goodlatte, R-Va.
Gene Green, D-Texas
Orrin G. Hatch, R-Utah
Randy Hultgren, R-Ill.
Darrell Issa, R-Calif.
Sam Johnson, R-Texas
Steve Knight, R-Calif.
Leonard Lance, R-N.J.
Jason Lewis, R-Minn.
Tom MacArthur, R-N.J.
Patrick Meehan, R-Pa.
Rick Nolan, D-Minn.
Ted Poe, R-Texas
Bruce Poliquin, R-Maine
Keith Rothfus, R-Pa.
Pete Sessions, R-Texas
Carol Shea-Porter, D-N.H.
Claudia Tenney, R-N.Y.
Dave Trott, R-Mich.
Niki Tsongas, D-Mass.
Mimi Walters, R-Calif.
Thad Cochran, R-Miss.
John McCain, R-Ariz.
Louise M. Slaughter, D-N.Y.
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