Former Speaker Boehner Joins Squire Patton
Summary: Squire Patton Boggs will be joining up with former U.S. House of Representatives Speaker John Boehner. He will act as a strategic advisor for their clients.
Almost a year has passed since former Republican Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives John Boehner resigned from Congress. He will be joining Squire Patton Boggs, the firm announced Tuesday.
Boehner, 66, will serve as a strategic advisor to clients with a focus on global business development. The firm made a point of clarifying that he will not be acting as a lobbyist. Two of his aides will be following him – John Criscuolo and Amy Lozupone.
Boehner said, “I left the private sector and got into public service decades ago because I wanted to help remove government barriers to economic growth and job creation, and that’s still the mission that drives me.”
His time will split between Cincinnati and Washington D.C. Chairman and CEO Mark Ruehlmann is also based out of Cincinnati. Ruehlmann said, “With Speaker Boehner joining our team, we’re better positioned than ever to grow our brand throughout the world and to fully capitalize on our integrated global platform.”
Squire Patton invited Boehner to a private reception as a featured guest during the Republican National Convention. Trent Lott, the former Senate Majority Leader, who serves as a lobbyist for the firm, was also present. Boehner’s former chief of staff and longtime aide David Schnittger joined the firm as a senior policy adviser in January 2015.
In October 2015, Boehner stepped down as the Speaker after failing to reunite the Republican Party. He has kept a low profile since. Reynolds American Inc. announced earlier this month that they had added Boehner to their board. They are the parent company of cigarette maker RJR Reynolds.
Squire Patton has been struggling since its merger two years ago, mostly in their lobbying and government affairs area. Their lobbying revenue fell 21 percent compared to the year before. This put them in third place in lobbying shops behind Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld and Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck. They had been the rulers in lobbying ten years in a row until 2013.