Ex-Rep. Connie Mack Lands on K Street

Posted April 15, 2013 at 12:57pm

Former Rep. Connie Mack lost his bid to follow in his dad’s footsteps to the “world’s greatest deliberative body,” but at least he gets to cash out with his namesake on K Street.

The younger Florida Republican is joining Liberty Partners Group, where his father, former Sen. Connie Mack, is a partner.

“Businesses of every size and shape operate at the intersection of public policy, politics and business. I am confident that my experiences in Congress, Tallahassee — and even along the campaign trail — will allow me to offer my colleagues at Liberty Partners Group and our clients a valuable perspective as they seek to navigate the challenges of Washington,” the younger Mack said in a statement.

Liberty Partners’ clients include numerous health care and dental care companies.

Mack, who served on the Transportation and Infrastructure, Budget, Oversight and Government Reform and Foreign Affairs committees while in Congress, said he won’t be lobbying for Liberty. Instead, he’ll focus on bringing in new business.

“My focus with the firm is to try to bring in new clients. The other members of the firm will then service most of those clients,” he said.

Mack lost a campaign to unseat Florida Democratic Sen. Bill Nelson in November.

Working with family is “awesome,” Mack said, nothing that both his father and mother moved to Miami during the campaign, where his campaign headquarters was.

“Everybody should have an opportunity to do things with their parents. I feel so fortunate and blessed. … They’re my parents, but they’re my best friends. Now, they’re also partners,” he said.

Mack said he has felt mixed emotions since leaving Congress. “I feel so fortunate to have had the opportunity. I believe there are very good people in Congress. So, I miss it. I miss them. But I’m also very happy to have moved on and take on new challenges in my life. I’m happy,” he said.

His chief of staff from Congress, Jeff Cohen, is joining the firm as well, also as a partner.

Mack’s wife, ex-Rep. Mary Bono Mack, R-Calif., announced her new gig on K Street last month. Bono Mack, who lost her bid for an eighth full term in November, is now senior vice president at FaegreBD Consulting.