National Journal: 63 Current Members of Congress Have Relatives with Ties to Lobbying


In what looks like the most authoritative list to date, National Journal reporter Marisa Katz identified 33 Senators and 30 Representatives “who have lobbied or consulted on government relations at the federal or the state level in recent years” in the magazine’s March 31, 2007, issue. Regrettably, it doesn’t appear that the excellent story that goes with that finding, or the chart, is online at National Journal’s site.

Among Senators, Richard Lugar, R-Ind., Mark Pryor, D-Ark., Harry Reid, D-Nev., Pat Roberts, R-Kan., and Ted Stevens, R-Alaska, had two relatives with connections, while Rep. Bill Shuster, R-Pa., had two and Rep. Roy Blunt, R-Mo., was the lone member of Congress to have three.

Hats off to Katz for doing the work. I’m really surprised I missed this when it came out…