Rep. Jo Ann Emerson of Missouri, who won easy re-election to her 10th term in Congress in November, is expected to officially leave office soon to take over a job as head of one of Washington’s largest and most influential trade associations.
According to public records, she is one of five outgoing members of the House of Representatives—four Republicans and one Democrat—to take lobbying jobs as the new Congress begins its work.
A public interest group in Washington says Emerson’s case is the personification of the revolving door in the nation’s capital. And a close look at her career helps explain why.
She is a Washington native who in 1975 married a lobbyist named Bill Emerson. He went on to become a Republican congressman from Missouri’s 8th Congressional District, which encompasses much of the southeastern part of the state, with Cape Girardeau as its largest population center. During Bill Emerson’s term in office, his wife became a lobbyist, first for the restaurant industry and later as a spokeswoman for the American Insurance Industry Association.
In the wake of a shooting at Lone Star College in Houston, Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee and Texas State Sen. Dan Patrick debate a proposal that would permit concealed guns on campuses in Texas.
Jason Wu, the man who created Michelle Obama's inaugural gowns, tells Anderson Cooper about his excitement and staying grounded.
"I always say, to do something like that, you have to sort of back it up with more hard work," says Wu about being chosen by the first lady and leveraging the opportunity.
The designer is thankful for the publicity, but prefers not to be in the spotlight. "I've always reminded myself who I am and what I'm here to do," says Wu. "I came to New York to be a fashion designer...at the end of the day, I'm a dress maker. I'm not a celebrity...it's very rare I do TV. I feel comfortable behind the scenes because that's where I have total control. I know exactly what I'm doing. I feel the most comfortable backstage at my shows." FULL POST
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