- Associated Press - Tuesday, February 3, 2015

ATLANTA (AP) - Jack Kingston had to leave Congress in January after losing his Senate bid last year, but he landed a nice consolation prize.

Squire Patton Boggs, one of Washington’s most powerful lobbying firms, announced Tuesday that the former congressman will join its ranks.

House ethics rules prevent Kingston from registering as a lobbyist during his first year out of office, but a spokesman says Kingston will advise the firm on issues ranging from agriculture and defense to financial services, transportation and trade.

Squire Patton Boggs attracts both Republicans and Democrats, including several former elected officials who can help clients navigate Capitol Hill.

Kingston represented Georgia’s 1st congressional district for 11 terms. He narrowly lost a Senate primary runoff last year to David Perdue, who went on to win the general election.

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