Top Politicos Turned Bank Lobbyists

Tim Pawlenty Tim Pawlenty

The former Minnesota governor and one-time presidential hopeful shocked Washington on Thursday by announcing he will become the new president and chief executive of the Financial Services Roundtable on Nov. 1.

Frank Keating Frank Keating

The president and CEO of the American Bankers Association served as the Republican governor of Oklahoma from 1995 to 2003. He took the reins of the ABA in 2010.

Rep. Richard Baker Rep. Richard Baker

Rep. Richard Baker, R-La., gave up his House seat in 2008 to head the Managed Funds Association, a hedge fund trade group.

Rep. Ken Bentsen Rep. Ken Bentsen

Rep. Ken Bentsen, D-Texas, joined SIFMA in 1999 as executive vice president for public policy and advocacy.

Rep. Rick Lazio Rep. Rick Lazio

Rep. Rick Lazio, R-N.Y., served three years as the chief executive of the Financial Services Forum before joining JPMorgan Chase's lobbying shop in 2004.

Rep. Steve Bartlett Rep. Steve Bartlett

Rep. Steve Bartlett, R-Texas, is the Roundtable's current president and CEO since 1999. Prior to that, he served eight years in the House before becoming mayor of Dallas in 1991.

Rep. Dan Mica Rep. Dan Mica

Rep. Dan Mica, D-Fla., served as a Democratic congressman from 1979 to 1989 before later becoming president and CEO of the Credit Union National Association from 1996 to 2010.

Sen. Chris Dodd Sen. Chris Dodd

Okay, so former Sen. Chris Dodd, D-Conn., isn't a bank lobbyist, but he was too important to ignore. The former chairman of the Senate Banking Committee, Dodd joined the Motion Picture Association of America as chairman and CEO after leaving the Senate in 2010.

Tim Pawlenty is hardly the first prominent politician to turn into a bank lobbyist. Indeed, there's a long line of them.

 

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