Former State Rep. Lynn Wachtmann (R., Napoleon) is headed back to Columbus - as a government relations adviser.
Wachtman left office at the end of 2014 because he was banned by term limits from seeking another term.
It’s not illegal for a state legislator to earn a living from the experience and contacts he has established as state representative and senator.
Ohio's "revolving door" law mandating a one-year period before a general assembly member or legislative employee could start working as a lobbyist was struck down as unconstitutional in 2010.
Here’s the Shumaker Advisors news release about Wachtmann:
COLUMBUS, OH – Shumaker Advisors, LLC is pleased to welcome Lynn R. Wachtmann, new Government Relations Advisor, to the Columbus office. Lynn will focus on health care, pensions, agriculture, environment and general public policy. "I look forward to successfully navigating on behalf of our clients. I am honored to be joining a strong successful team here at Shumaker,” said Wachtmann.
“We are excited to have Lynn join our team at Shumaker Advisors, LLC,” said Mark Wagoner, partner at Shumaker, Loop & Kendrick, LLP. “Lynn brings more than 30 years of experience around the Statehouse, and his insights will enhance our ability to problem solve for our clients.”
Lynn served in the Ohio State House of Representatives from 1984-1998, 2006-2014, and in the Ohio State Senate from 1999-2006. During his time in office he was the State Chair, American Legislative Exchange Council; Former Member, Ohio State House of Representatives, Commerce, Labor and Technology Committee, Insurance Committee and Subcommittee on Retirement and Pensions; and member of the Henry County Republican Central Committee. His professional experience includes Owner and President of Culligan Water Conditioning and Maumee Valley Bottlers, Inc.
Andy Herf, Senior Government Relations Professional with Shumaker Advisors stated, “Having known and worked with Lynn for decades, I have seen first-hand his deep understanding of complex issues and his unfailing commitment to people. He is a perfect fit for Shumaker Advisors as we continue to grow into new practice areas.”
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Shumaker Advisors, LLC works closely with clients in the food and beverage, health care, retirement planning and related industries to provide a bridge to government, government agencies and legislators that shape the future of business in these highly regulated markets.
Founded in 1925, Shumaker, Loop & Kendrick, LLP is a full service business law firm with more than 240 attorneys practicing in Toledo and Columbus, Ohio; Tampa and Sarasota, Florida; and Charlotte, North Carolina.