Pombo takes new job

It’s official: Former Rep. Richard Pombo of Tracy has taken a job as senior partner with Oregon-based PAC/West Communications, a national issue advocacy company. Under federal rules, Pombo cannot lobby his former colleagues until after he has been out of office for a year.

His former chief of staff, Steve Ding, has already been hired to open the firm’s new Sacramento office.

Pombo lost his seat in November 2006 to Democrat Jerry McNerney of Pleasanton.


Here’s the company’s press release:

Richard Pombo, Former U.S. Representative and Chairman of the House Committee on Resources, Joins Pac/West Communications as Senior Partner

Sacramento, Calif. – Pac/West Communications, a leading full-service public relations and government affairs firm, announced today the addition of former California U.S. Representative Richard Pombo. He joins Pac/West as a senior partner and will focus on strategic consultation, as well as expanding the firm’s presence in key markets both nationally and internationally.

“Pac/West stands in a category of its own, having built a strong reputation for highly successful, dynamic campaigns that integrate new and innovative tactics with grassroots outreach to achieve results. Unlike many firms, Pac/West goes far beyond just walking the halls of Congress,” said Pombo. “Pac/West knows how to win on tough issues, and I am excited to be part of their team.”

Pombo served for 14 years in the U.S. House of Representatives after being elected at age 31. During his tenure in Congress representing California’s eleventh district, Pombo served on a number of committees, coalitions and task forces related to natural resources, energy, transportation and trade. In 2003, he was voted chairman of the House Resources Committee. In that capacity, he advocated for legislation centered on science-based environmental policies. Pombo gained bi-partisan support for more legislation than all other House committees combined, which included the Threatened and Endangered Species Recovery Act of 2005 designed to improve the protection and recovery of endangered species, as well as protect the rights of private property owners. Pombo was also a key author of the Energy Policy Act of 2005, which aimed to reduce U.S. dependence on foreign energy.

“The addition of Richard Pombo to the Pac/West team strengthens our ability to serve clients on a variety of issues, ranging from natural resources and energy to a host of regulatory matters,” said Paul Phillips, president of Pac/West. “Richard’s vast knowledge of the political process, his high-level experience in Washington D.C. and extensive contacts makes for a powerful combination.”

Pombo is a fifth generation Californian and a long-time champion of private property rights. In 1996, he authored “This Land is Our Land,”which has been reviewed by publications across the political spectrum. Pombo attended California State University at Pomona and currently resides with his wife and three children in Tracy.

Pac/West Communications is a full-service communications firm, offering a diverse range of media relations, lobbying, political consulting, grassroots outreach and social marketing services at the local, regional and national level. Headquartered in Wilsonville, Ore., the company has 25 full-time employees and operates offices in Washington D.C., California, Alaska and Idaho. For more information, visit www.pacwestcom.com.

Lisa Vorderbrueggen