Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush will be offering his years of political insight to lawyers and lobbyists by joining a consulting firm with several offices throughout Florida.
On Monday, Buchanan Ingersoll & Rooney announced Bush will join their firm, which has offices in Tallahassee, Tampa, Miami and three other Florida cities as well as a national presence in New York and other major cities across the country.
The firm employs over 500 lawyers in 18 offices nationwide.
The law firm also lobbies, but Bush will work as a "strategic advisor" for the company rather than actually lobby. The former GOP presidential primary candidate has a wide range of experience with a variety of issues which would be especially beneficial to the firm in Florida, especially in the education sector.
"This move adds to our firm’s distinguished reputation as a leader in providing strategic advice on government, regulatory and business matters," Buchanan CEO Joseph Dougherty said in a statement. "There are very few people who have the breadth of experience that Governor Bush has both in the public and private sector. We believe his insight will be a tremendous asset to our attorneys and clients."
Bush agreed, saying he was looking forward to collaborating with the firm and offering his insight.
"I believe that putting my knowledge and experience together with Buchanan’s professional acumen will help Buchanan’s clients grow and prosper," he said in a statement.
A familiar face in Florida politics leads the firm's Florida operations: J.M. "Mac" Stipanovich, who served as an adviser to Bush in 1994 and also worked on Bush's 1998 gubernatorial campaign.
Bush has kept mostly quiet since dropping out of the presidential race in February, choosing to remove himself from the political sphere. He became a fellow at Harvard and delivered guest lectures at the prestigious university this fall. Bush's lectures focused primarily on education at the Kennedy School of Government’s Program on Education Policy and Governance.
Yet despite dropping out of the race, Bush has stayed on the pulse of political happenings and is still respected in politics and in his party despite not voting for President-Elect Donald Trump.