Former Rep. Rodney Frelinghuysen is now a lobbyist.
The onetime House Appropriations Committee chairman has joined Greenberg Traurig as a senior director in their Government Law & Policy practice, according to The Hill report on Friday.
That allows Frelinghuysen, an heir to the Procter & Gamble fortune and a member of one of New Jersey’s oldest political families, to monetize the relationships he made during his 24 years in the U.S. House of Representatives.
According to financial disclosures filed in his last year as a congressman, Frelinghuysen was worth between $20 million and $65 million.
He bailed from 2018 re-election campaign after Democrat Mikie Sherrill raised more than $1.2 million in 2017 and frightened him out of the race.
Frelinghuysen still has $372,270 remaining in his campaign account. If he wants, he can use those funds to contribute to senators and congressmen that he is lobbying.
“Chairman Frelinghuysen has been an effective and well-respected leader at all levels of government, and his experience and reputation make him an excellent fit for our team, which operates in Washington and in the largest state capitals around the country,” said Ernest Greer, the Greenberg Traurig co-president. “Adding him to our Federal Practice offers another layer of quality and excellence in key areas important to the marketplace. His experience and passion for making a difference on Capitol Hill are the cornerstones of his success and in turn will serve our clients well.”
Frelinghuysen endorsed Rosemary Becchi for his old seat and serves as honorary chairman of her campaign.