Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush has a new consulting job less than a year after he ended his presidential campaign.
Bush “will act as a strategic consultant” for the law firm Buchanan, Ingersoll & Rooney and its clients. Clients include several large pharmaceutical companies, energy companies, sugar advocacy groups and fantasy sports giant DraftKings. The firm announced Bush’s hire in a statement to the Tampa Bay Times.
“Those of us who have had the pleasure of working with the Governor in the past now have the opportunity to do so again, and those who haven’t can look forward to a truly rewarding experience,” John McKager “Mac” Stipanovich, chair of Buchanan’s Florida government relations department, said in the statement. “This is an exciting development for the firm and for our clients.”
Many of the top names at Buchanan are veterans of the Bush network. Stipanovich advised Bush on his gubernatorial campaign in 1994 and ran Florida operations for late President Ronald Reagan’s 1984 campaign. Jim Magill, a principal for government relations at the firm, directed legislative affairs for then-Gov. Bush’s administration, and now represents clients like the U.S. Sugar Corporation and DraftKings.
Headquartered in Pittsburgh, Penn., with offices in Tallahassee, Fla., Buchanan has a strong lobbying presence in Washington, D.C. Buchanan lobbied in 2015 and 2016 on behalf of Turing Pharmaceuticals, formerly headed by the often maligned Martin Shkreli, according to lobbyist tracker OpenSecrets.
Bush, however, will focus on the firm’s efforts in Florida’s capital, the company said.
Hiring Bush “adds to our firm’s distinguished reputation as a leader in providing strategic advice on government, regulatory and business matters,” Joseph Dougherty, CEO of Buchananm said. “There are very few people that have the breadth of experience that Governor Bush has both in the public and private sector. We believe his insight will be a tremendous asset to our attorneys and clients.”
“Buchanan Ingersoll & Rooney is an outstanding advisor to its clients, and I look forward to collaborating with them,” Bush in the statement. “We live in a complex business and political environment, and I believe that putting my knowledge and experience together with Buchanan’s professional acumen will help Buchanan’s clients grow and prosper.”
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