Raleigh, N.C. — Former U.S. Sen. Kay Hagan has begun working for Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP, a law firm that is also one of the biggest lobbying firms based in Washington, D.C.
"Her firsthand experience with many crucial, timely policy issues will make her a tremendous asset, both within the firm and for our clients," Donald Pongrace, head of Akin Gump’s public law and policy practice, said in a news release.
Hagan, he said, will focus on the health and financial services sector.
Hagan served 10 years in the state Senate before besting Republican U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Dole in 2008. The Democrat lost her 2014 re-election bid to Republican Sen. Thom Tillis in 2014. Before entering politics, Hagan was a lawyer and worked in the banking industry.
"Coming here feels like a very natural fit, and I am looking forward to the opportunity to work with such an established and well-regarded team," Hagan said in a statement.