The steady stream of lawmakers who take up advocacy roles after leaving the Capitol is known as the “revolving door,” and the latest to take a spin is Roger Dickinson.
With a one-year “cooling-off” period now passed, the former Democratic Assemblyman from Sacramento registered this week as a lobbyist for the firm Greenberg Traurig.
After terming out of the Assembly in 2014, Dickinson joined Greenberg Traurig – which counts Disney, MillerCoors, the California Police Chiefs Association and the California Solar Energy Industries Association among its clients – as a partner in its government law and policy practice.
Dickinson said he’s been advising clients who have issues with California regulatory or administrative agencies and he doesn’t expect that to change, but registering as a lobbyist will allow him to have more direct contact with former colleagues under the dome without crossing any legal boundaries.
“It was a little bit more of just being conservative,” he said. “Rather than having questions of which side of the line I'm on...I just decided the more prudent thing to do was just register.”
Since leaving office, Dickinson has also picked up a part-time lecturing gig at Sacramento State. A longtime Sacramento County supervisor, he most recently ran for state Senate in 2014 and lost a bruising, costly race against fellow Sacramento Democrat Richard Pan.
Might Dickinson wind up trying to influence his former electoral rival? “I have no idea,” he said, laughing.