[originally posted at Beltway Confidential]
Former Rep. Tom Reynolds, R-N.Y., who served as chairman of the National Republican Congressional Committee, has entered the lobbying industry. Reynolds, who finished his final House term in January, has joined the firm Nixon Peabody as a “senior strategic policy advisor.” Nixon Peabody is beefing up its previously small lobbying presence, with Reynolds as a marquis name in the expansion. Reynolds served on the tax-writing Ways and Means Committee. Ethics laws prohibit Reynolds from lobbying the House before January 2011, but he can lobby the Senate, federal agencies, or state government.
Reynolds is the third Upstate New York congressman to retire after the 2008 elections and enter the lobbying world. Democratic Rep. Michael McNulty from Albany is already registered to lobby, and Syracuse Republican Rep. James Walsh has joined lobbying firm K&L Gates as an advisor.