Where are they now?: Former Senators of 2006 and 2008


The 2010 midterms are fast approaching and it looks like some senators will be out of a job by next January. It’s likely that a number of them will stick around Washington to find jobs at lobbying firms or trade groups to use their expertise while making far more money than they did as senators. A good way to see where the coming crop of ex-senators will be headed is to look at where the deposed and retired senators of the past two elections landed.

Below is a chart of the defeated and retired senators of 2006 and 2008. Some of the fields are left empty because I couldn’t find the current employment for some former senators. If you know anything, leave it in the comments and I’ll check and update.

* designates registered lobbyist ** designates consultant at lobby/law firm or organization lobbying

Defeated Senators Party State Current Employ
Talent, Jim** R MO Fleishman-Hillard The Heritage Foundation
Burns, Conrad* R MT Gage LLC Rural Solutions Corporation
DeWine, Mike R OH Keating Muething & Klekamp PLL Running for Attorney General of Ohio
Santorum, Rick** R PA Eckert Seamans Cherin & Mellott, LLC Ethics and Public Policy Center Fox News
Chafee, Lincoln R RI Thomas J. Watson Jr. Institute for International Studies J Street Running for Governor of Rhode Island
Allen, George R VA Young America’s Foundation
Stevens, Ted R AK
Coleman, Norm** R MN Republican Jewish Coalition
Sununu, John** R NH Akin Gump
Dole, Elizabeth R NC
Smith, Gordon* R OR National Association of Broadcasters
Retired Senators Party State Current Employ
Sarbanes, Paul D MD
Dayton, Mark D MN Running for Governor of Minnesota
Frist, Bill R TN ONE Campaign State Collaborative on Reforming Education (SCORE)
Jeffords, Jim I VT
Lott, Trent* R MS Breux Lott Patton Boggs
Allard, Wayne R CO
Craig, Larry** R ID New West Strategies
Hagel, Chuck R NE Atlantic Council
Domenici, Pete R NM Debt Reduction Task Force sponsored by Bipartisan Policy Center
Warner, John** R VA Hogan & Hartson