Ousted from House, Mary Bono Mack finds a job

One of the three California Republican House members unseated in November has found new, gainful employment with a Washington, D.C., lobbying firm

Mary Bono MackMary Bono Mack, who lost her seat to Democrat Raul Ruiz, has joined FaegreBD Consulting as a senior vice president; the firm says she’ll focus her government advocacy and consulting practice on legislative, regulatory and policy matters related to the entertainment, media and information technology sectors.

“I’m excited to build on the groundwork already in place with FaegreBD Consulting’s national practices,” Bono Mack said in the company’s news release. “In looking toward the next phase of my career, it was important to me to join an organization with international reach and tremendous growth potential, where I could provide value and leadership in continuing to shape public policies that impact some of our most dynamic economic sectors. FaegreBD Consulting is a great fit.”

The eight-term congresswoman had served on the Energy and Commerce, Judiciary and Armed Services committees. FaegreBD says she’ll “continue her focus on the telecommunications industry by working with clients to develop thoughtful policies that grow the Internet economy and maximize broadband networks throughout the U.S.”

FaegreBD Consulting Chair Dave Zook said his company is “confident that she will bring the same intensity to serving clients that need sound legislative and regulatory actions in a highly competitive economy. Mary will be a great resource as well for our 750 consulting and Faegre Baker Daniels legal professionals worldwide who need to understand where Washington is headed on key issues.”

The company also notes that as the late Sonny Bono’s wife and the administrator of his collection, Bono Mack will focus on the protection of artists’ intellectual property rights as an important aspect of her entertainment practice.

House Republicans Dan Lungren and Brian Bilbray also were unseated by Democrats in November, but have not yet publicly announced their next career steps.

Josh Richman

Josh Richman covers state and national politics for the Bay Area News Group. A New York City native, he earned a bachelor’s degree in journalism from the University of Missouri and reported for the Express-Times of Easton, Pa. for five years before coming to the Oakland Tribune and ANG Newspapers in 1997. He is a frequent guest on KQED Channel 9’s “This Week in Northern California;” a proud father; an Eagle Scout; a somewhat skilled player of low-stakes poker; a rather good cook; a firm believer in the use of semicolons; and an unabashed political junkie who will never, EVER seek elected office.