It looks like Keith Rothfus can breathe a little easier. Outgoing Rep. Jason Altmire (D-Allegheny) will be taking his talents down south, as Senior Vice President of the Florida chapter of Blue Cross Blue Shield.
Altmire, who lost a tough primary election to Mark Critz (D-Cambria), will take his position with the company at the end of his term.
“Serving the people of western Pennsylvania in the United States Congress has been the highest honor of my life. During the past six years, I have worked to represent every constituent in our diverse district and give western Pennsylvania a voice in Washington. I am eternally grateful for the opportunity to serve the district and I am proud of the work that we did together,” said Altmire in a company press release. “Now that the time has come to move on to the next phase of my life, I am delighted to return to my career roots in health care policy and community affairs.”
Altmire went to school at Florida State University in Tallahassee on the gulf coast; he’ll relocate Jacksonville for the position.
Health care policy is Altmire’s wheelhouse. Prior to his election, he worked in government relations for the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (UPMC).
During his tenure in Congress, Altmire was a loud voice in the debate for health care reform (ultimately as a Democratic vote against Obamacare). He also introduced numerous pieces of legislation that got signed into law, including a bill that ended the late enrollment penalty for low-income seniors who participate in the Medicare Part D program.