Altmire heads south

Published by James O'Toole on .

Rep. Jason Altmire. D-McCandless, is heading back to the lobbying biz, taking a position with Florida Blue, the Sunshine State's Blue Cross and Blue Shield operation, as senior vice president for public policy, government and community affairs.  Early Returns spotted the announcement thanks to a Tweet from Pittsburgh's own Shira Toeplitz, the ace Roll Call reporter.

Mr. Altmire's been in the job market since his primary loss to a fellow Democrat, Rep. Mark Critz, D-Johnstown, in the combined district that they were jammed into by a GOP redistricting map.  Mr. Critz went on to lose the general election to Keith Rothfus, who had lost a close race to Mr. Altmire in 2010, in his old district.

The move to the Florida insurance firm represents a return to Mr. Altmire's roots on two counts.  He was a health care lobbyist for UPMC before winning his seat in a 2006 upset over former Rep. Melissa Hart, and he is familiar with the Florida scene as a graduate of the University of Florida and a former staffer for Rep. Pete Peterson, a former member of the state's U.S. House delegation




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