By Kevin Bogardus - 05/18/11 07:32 PM EDT
Former Rep. Rick Boucher (D-Va.) has joined a well-known law and lobby firm.
Boucher will be a partner at Sidley Austin and will lead its government strategies practice group.
Boucher said the firm was "a natural choice" for him.
"Sidley offers a truly unique opportunity for me to promote the growth of a public policy group that brings together lawyers renowned for their leadership in areas I have focused on for much of my career, such as technology, telecommunications, life sciences, financial services, energy and the environment," Boucher said. "I am always drawn to excellence and substance, so Sidley was a natural choice for me."
Boucher served 14 terms in the House before losing his reelection bid last year to Rep. Morgan GriffithMorgan GriffithOvernight Regulation: Supreme Court rejects GOP redistricting challenge Supreme Court rejects GOP challenge to Va. redistricting plan Time runs short on House GOP bill tackling mental health, mass shootings MORE (R-Va.). In Congress, Boucher played a big role in debates over energy and tech issues as chairman of the House Energy and Air Quality and the Communications, Technology and the Internet Subcommittees.