Just six months after leaving the U.S. House of Representatives to become a lobbyist, Jim Gerlach is off to take over a Washington, D.C. PAC.
The former Congressman will become the president and CEO of the Business-Industry Political Action Committee. BIPAC focuses on urging employers to make their employees more informed and aware of policies that will affect them, while raising money for pro-business candidates.
Gerlach served in the U.S. House from 2003-2015, having spent more than a decade in the PA House of Representatives. He leaves his position at Venable LLP’s lobbying arm, the Legislative and Government Affairs Group, to make the move to BIPAC.
“The position at BIPAC combines really what I’ve been doing over the last 24 years – combining policy, politics and team-leading,” Gerlach told Megan R. Wilson of The Hill. “The opportunity came along, and I couldn’t let it pass by.”
In the 2012 election cycle, BIPAC raised almost half a million dollars, according to a report by The Hill.
While in Congress, Gerlach – whose name was once touted as a possible GOP replacement for Gov. Tom Corbett – held positions on the tax-writing panel, as well as financial services, transportation and small-business committees.
“This is a critical point in time for the business community as Congress considers a range of important issues, and I could not be more excited to help lead the effort to advance the interests of America’s job creators,” Gerlach said in a statement.