Rep. Chris Dorworth, R-Lake Mary, has landed at a lobbying firm after being ousted from office in one of the biggest upsets in Florida’s Nov. 6 Election.
Dorworth will join powerful lobbying firm Ballard Partners, leading its new Orlando office.
Dorworth, who was scheduled to become House Speaker in 2014, lost his race to a political newcomer, Mike Clelland, by a couple hundred votes.
The one-time Speaker-to-be proved to be one of the most prolific fundraisers—collecting money from a broad slate of special interests and outspending his opponent more than 7-to-1.
Now, Dorworth will join a firm that represents many of the same interests that poured money into his political coffers.
Ballard Partners is one of the most successful lobbying firms in the state, taking in more than $3 million in lobbying fees this year from a broad slate of interests that court state lawmakers.
“Having the opportunity to join Florida’s leading public affairs firm is an incredible beginning to the next chapter in my career,” said Dorworth. “I look forward to contributing to the already exceptional team at Ballard Partners and building a strong, first class public affairs presence in Central Florida.”
State law prohibits Dorworth from lobbying the state Legislature for at least two years.
Dorworth joins outgoing House Speaker Dean Cannon among recent House leaders that have jumped from lawmaking to lobbying.
Cannon recently launched a lobbying firm in Tallahassee.
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