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Hoekstra Joining D.C. Lobbying Firm

February 1, 2011

While former Rep. Pete Hoekstra (R-Mich.) mulls a challenge to Sen. Debbie Stabenow (D-Mich.), he'll have a day job keeping him busy - but not one that will look particularly good on his political resume should he decide to run.

Hoekstra will be going to work for D.C. law and lobbying firm Dickstein Shapiro LLP, the company announced Tuesday.

Hoekstra will "concentrate his work on legislative and regulatory counseling, with an emphasis on intelligence, national security, defense, foreign relations, and international business matters, as well as issues related to education and labor," according to a release from the firm.

Hoekstra said as recently as Monday that he is still considering a Senate run and has said before he will make his decision in the next few months. But lobbying work is usually an easy target for opposition researchers, and this job may be a sign that Hoekstra is leaning against challenging Stabenow.

"In addition to joining Dickstein Shapiro, Rep. Hoekstra will pursue numerous activities, allowing him to continue to work at the forefront of issues affecting national intelligence," the release also said.

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