Hours after announcing Tuesday that "increasing parenting challenges" were forcing his immediate resignation from Congress, Rep. Dennis Cardoza landed a job with a top Washington, D.C.-based governmental affairs firm.
The Atwater Democrat tendered his resignation after previously announcing he would not seek re-election to a sixth term this year.
Cardoza attributed his timing to burdens at home.
"In light of the fact that nothing is going to happen for the rest of the year, and in light of the fact that (my wife) and I are facing increasing parenting challenges, this seemed the right time to make this move," Cardoza said in an interview.
Cardoza and his wife have three children: a biological daughter and two adopted siblings. The adopted children, a brother and sister originally from Kern County, joined the Cardoza household in 2000 after living in foster homes.
Later in the day, Manatt, Phelps & Phillips LLP announced Cardoza would join the firm as a managing director in the Washington office.
"A lot of firms were recruiting Dennis, so we are doubly thrilled he will call Manatt home," said James Bonham, chair of the firm's Federal Government Affairs and Public Policy Group.
Michael Doyle and Dan Smith
Unions are making a late-blooming effort to raise benefits for workers with job-related illnesses and injuries and promising employers enough administrative savings to pay for them. A 45-point summary is circulating among workers' compensation lobbyists. The legislation promises about $700 million a year in benefit increases for those with permanent injuries, while saving more than $1 billion.
"I understood the ramifications when I took the vote."
ASSEMBLYMAN BRIAN NESTANDE, Palm Desert Republican. He resigned as GOP caucus chairman a day after bucking party leaders to vote for a tax increase on out-of-state companies.
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