While Jason Altmire is lobbying for hospitals, his old friend and rival Mark Critz will be lobbying for energy interests. His former campaign manager, Mark Mikus, announced that the former congressman will join the consulting firm where he works, EIS Solutions. Critz bested Altmire in the Democratic primary for the 4th District after GOP mapmakers forced them to run agaisnt one another in the 2012 primary. While Critz, a longtime aide to the late Rep. John P. Murtha, managed to beat Altmire in a close contest, he lost to Keith Rothfus in the general election. And from The Hill comes the word that Mr. Critz, who will be based in Johnstown, is interested in running again. We don't expect the same from Mr. Altmire, who is moving to Jacksonville for his new post with the Florida Blues. You'll find the Critz press release after the jump:
Former Congressman Critz joins EIS Solutions To serve as Senior VP of grassroots advocacy firm EIS Solutions today announced that former Congressman Mark Critz joined EIS Solutions as a Senior Vice President of the Colorado based firm. EIS Solutions is a consulting firm specializing in grassroots advocacy and public affairs with an emphasis in energy and land use. “As a former Member of Congress and district director for Congressman John Murtha, Mark Critz has the experience and relationships at the local level to help difficult projects get approval,” EIS Solutions President Wade Haerle said. “Mark knows how to navigate local politics and governmental bureaucracies at the state and federal levels and will be an asset to clients seeking to build local support for energy related projects in the coal and natural gas industries.” “It was an honor to serve the people of Western Pennsylvania in Congress where I had the opportunity fight for jobs and economic development,” Critz said. “Development of our energy resources is vital to growing our regional economy and making our nation independent of foreign sources of energy. I look forward to working to make sure that our region develops these resources in a safe, responsible manner while working to grow our economy and meet our energy needs.” In Congress, Critz served on the Armed Services and Small Business Committees, serving as the top ranking Democrat on the Energy, Agriculture & Trade subcommittee, and Co-Chaired, with Cong. Tom Reed (R) of New York, the Marcellus Shale Natural Gas Caucus; with Cong. Shelley Moore Capito (R) of W. Virginia, the Ohio River Basin Caucus; and with Mo Brooks (R) of Alabama, the Army Aviation Caucus. He also served as Congressman John Murtha’s District Director & Economic Development Director prior to his service in Congress. EIS Solutions has offices in Pittsburgh, Denver & Grand Junction, Colorado, and Thermoplis, Wyoming. Critz will be based in Johnstown, Pennsylvania.