ABCNews: Greener Pastures Await Retiring Members in the Congressional Afterlife

The following article, featuring FMC President Connie Morella, was published on January 16th on ABCNews.com. Please read the full article here.

ABCNews: Greener Pastures Await Retiring Members in the Congressional Afterlife

Jan. 16, 2014
By via WorldNews
Digital Reporter, Politics

With each passing day, more members of Congress seem to be heading for the exits.

So far in this Congress, 15 members of the House have retired, a loss of a combined more than 240 years of service by the end of this year. In the Senate, seven members have announced that they’re leaving official Washington, a loss of more than 200 years.

Being a lawmaker isn’t a bad job, but there are probably plenty of other things they’d rather do—namely make money and pursue their hobbies in peace.

“I think you don’t retire from something like Congress, you re-wire,” former Maryland Congresswoman and Ambassador Connie Morella told ABC News. “You pick up different things. Some of my former colleagues have gone into lobbying.”

“I feel pretty much like I’m Ms. Pro-bono,” she says with a chuckle. [...]