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January 09. 2014 3:43PM

Former Rep. Bass joins big international law firm in senior government relations post

PETERBOROUGH -- Two months after taking himself out of contention for this year's U.S. Senate race, former U.S. Rep. Charlie Bass has been named to a senior government relations position at a major international law firm.

Bass told UnionLeader.com Thursday he has joined Greenberg Traurig, LLP, as a Senior Director in the firm's Government Law and Policy Practice in Washington. The firm is based in Miami but has 36 offices in the United States, Latin America, Europe, the Middle East and Asia.

Bass, 62, a Republican former seven-term congressman from the state's 2nd District, said he will work in the firm's Boston and Washington offices "with their clients on issues related to government.

"I'm obviously excited to be able to go back to work on issues I think are important, such as health care, energy, and telecommunications. These are issues I focused on while in Congress. I'm to help the Boston office build its business."

He said he will remain a resident of Peterborough and remain involved in alternative energy-related project in New Hampshire.

After losing his House seat in 2012, Bass for several months last year strongly considered running for the U.S. Senate seat now held by Sen. Jeanne Shaheen. But he said in November he would not run, citing "personal responsibilities" and saying he was not willing to face "personal attacks" from Democrats for the next year.

Greenberg Traurig says it is "an international, multi-practice" firm with about 1,750 attorneys. The firm said Bass is the most recent hire in the firm's expansion of its Government Law and Policy Practice.

The firm said in a statement, "Bass's expertise will enable him to provide assistance with matters before the House of Representatives, the U.S. Senate and Executive Branch agencies."

During his 14 years in Congress, Bass served on the Budget, Government Reform and Oversight, Transportation and Infrastructure, Intelligence, and Energy and Commerce Committees.

The firm said Bass has "extensive experience with public policy in such areas as energy, telecommunications, health care, environmental protection, consumer protection, privacy, data security and related issues. His reputation as a substantive and pragmatic legislator has worked well with both Democrats and Republicans."


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