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Geoff Davis enjoying life after Congress
Thursday, October 10, 2013 11:00 AM
HEBRON, Ky. (AP) - A year after retiring from Congress, Geoff Davis is busy enjoying life.
The Kentucky Enquirer reports the former Republican congressman is coaching his son's lacrosse team and has built a consulting and lobbying business.
Davis, who has six children, stepped down as a U.S. representative last August to spend more time with family. He began representing Kentucky's 4th District in 2004. Trimble and Carroll counties are in the 4th District.
"Now I'm back in the private sector working and enjoying a lot of things, like being able to coach my sons in sports and teach my daughter to drive," said Davis. "It's been a good transition."
Many other former congressmen serve as lobbyist or consultants and lobbying organizations.
Former Congressman Ben Chandler, a Democrat who represented Kentucky's 6th District from 2004 to 2013, said lobbying is a natural fit for many since they know the ins and outs of Congress.
Chandler, who also recently beginning lobby and firm, said lobbyists are becoming more important to the political process.
"For one thing, it's getting harder to negotiate," Chandler said. "There is so much more partisanship involved. The communication systems have changed dramatically. The Internet had changed dramatically. All those things have to be dealt with."
Chandler says he doesn't often agree with Davis, but thinks his former colleague will make a good lobbyist.
"I think Geoff is very bright and knows his way around government," Chandler said. "We were opposed philosophically on things, but from the standpoint of Geoff's capability and him being able to talk to people in Congress, he's an extremely capable and good guy."
Davis says he still spends "a fair amount" of time in Washington, but he's been able to spend more time in Hebron than he did while serving in Congress.
"My one son is in mixed martial arts, and I think my Army Ranger skills have gotten rusty, because I think he will soon be able to take me," Davis said. "I'm proud of all my children."
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