U.S. Rep. Andrews Set to Join Phila.-Based Dilworth Paxson

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U.S. Rep Rob Andrews listens to a question Tuesday, in Haddon Heights, N.J., as he announces that he is resigning from Congress after 23 years.

U.S. Rep. Rob Andrews, D-N.J., is leaving Congress later this month to join Philadelphia-based Dilworth Paxson in March, he announced Tuesday.

Andrews, who will join as of counsel, will lead Dilworth Paxson's government relations efforts out of the firm's Washington, D.C., New Jersey and Pennsylvania offices, according to a statement from the firm.

"We're committed to securing talent with the kind of deep, broad-based knowledge and problem-solving expertise demonstrated by Congressman Andrews that allows us to enhance and expand the critical services and solutions we provide to our clients," Dilworth Paxson CEO Ajay Raju said in a statement.

Raju himself just recently joined the firm from Reed Smith to serve as Dilworth Paxson's new CEO. He said at the time he joined that he would be looking to add top talent, including those attorneys who shared in the firm's civic commitment to the region.

Andrews was first elected to the House of Representatives in 1990, representing the 1st Congressional District of New Jersey, which includes parts of Camden, Gloucester and Burlington counties. He currently serves on the Committee on Armed Services and the Committee on Education and the Workforce. He is the former chairman of the Subcommittee on Health, Employment, Labor and Pensions and is presently its ranking Democrat.

Andrews is stepping down amid an ongoing U.S. House Ethics Committee investigation into his alleged spending of campaign funds on personal expenses, such as a family trip to Scotland.

In a press conference from his Haddon Heights, N.J., headquarters Tuesday morning, Andrews said in response to reporters' questions that his departure was not related in any way to the investigation. Andrews said the opportunity to join the firm came to him "very recently." In discussions he had this weekend with the firm, Andrews said at the press conference, it became clear that there was no one currently heading up the government affairs group and that this was an opportunity that would not be there a few months or a year from now. Andrews said joining Dilworth Paxson gave him the best opportunity to fulfill his family obligations to his wife and two daughters.

Andrews said he would be leaving Congress on Feb. 18 and would join Dilworth Paxson in March.

"I couldn't be more enthusiastic about joining Dilworth at this moment in its history," Andrews said in a statement. "I've enjoyed a long relationship with the firm and count many of its members among my dear friends."

According to the statement, Andrews, a Cornell Law School grad, has had longstanding relationships with Dilworth Paxson leadership Joseph Jacovini, Stephen Harmelin and Lawrence McMichael.

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