USA Today has tracked down the 62 lawmakers who left Congress last year to see what they're up to, Turns out 16 of the 62 lawmakers who left Congress are working for outfits trying to influence their former colleagues. Count former Oregon Sen. Gordon Smith among the sweet 16
The Republican tells the paper that his work for Covington & Burling
is "doing what counselors at law do all the time — that is, help people deal with legal situations in which they find themselves ... Some of that involves the judicial branch; some of that involves the legislative branch; some of that, the executive branch."
USA Today reports that Smith is working on international trade and foreign policy, but wouldn't reveal his clients.