Where is he now? Ex-congressman John Doolittle in new lobbying role
Former U.S. Rep. John Doolittle has returned to Washington, D.C.’s Beltway – this time as a lobbyist.
But his heart’s still in Placer County and – with homes in both Roseville and Virginia – he anticipates spending more time here than there.
Doolittle’s move back into the world of politics was signaled locally earlier this month when the city of Colfax signed on for up to $30,000 a year as a client with need for help on wastewater issues.
As a legislative advocate, Doolittle can dip into a wellspring of knowledge on the inner workings of Washington politics. He served from 1991 to early 2009 as District 4 congressman and several years in Republican Party congressional leadership posts
“It’s related to what I did but at the same time, it’s completely different,” Doolittle said. “It’s up to me to find clients and it’s also the start of a new business. It’s odd to go through that transition.”
Besides the Colfax contract, Doolittle said he’s also working with Sacramento-based REsource Capital California, which offers loans to small businesses under the SBA 504 program.
Doolittle said that he and his wife, Julie, anticipate spending more time in California now that their daughter, Courtney is in college. His work in Washington as a member of Congress also kept him away longer than he would have liked, he said.
Julie Doolittle’s home business, Sierra Dominion Services, became embroiled in political controversy while her husband was still in office, as Justice Department and FBI investigators probed the finances of Doolittle and several other Republican congressmen. Doolittle’s friendship with convicted lobbyist Jack Abramoff and Sierra Dominion’s $180,000 in commissions from the Superior California Political Action Committee also drew attention from investigators but no prosecutions.
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