Although Tom Graves retired from Congress earlier this month, he has no plans to leave Washington, D.C. According to a report in today’s AJC, Graves is now the president and CEO of the rebranded Ervin Graves Strategy Group, a Washington-based lobbying firm previously known as Ervin Hill Strategy. He plans to travel between Washington and Georgia, where the company will have an Atlanta office, and his focus is on “consulting for businesses as it relates to public policy.”
Graves served as the U.S. Representative for Northwest Georgia’s District 14. He stunned the community by announcing last December that he wouldn’t seek a new term. Then in mid-September, he announced that he would leave office early on Oct. 4 to “begin the next chapter of life” before his term officially ended. His ‘retirement’ statement:
“With the House planning to wrap up the people’s business and the final report from the Modernization Committee set to be filed in the next few weeks, I intend to step down from Congress and begin the next chapter of life in October. Congress is going into a long recess and my committee work will be complete. In short, my work will be done. I’m announcing this today to avoid surprises, and it just doesn’t seem right to kill time on the taxpayer dime.
“I plan to finish strong and will ensure any important transitional items are complete for my constituents in the 14th District. One of the last votes I’ll cast as a U.S. Representative will be in support of the reforms crafted by the Modernization Committee to make Congress work better for those we serve. I can think of no better way to leave The People’s House.”
According to the AJC, when Graves left office he had about $1.9 million remaining in his campaign account. He will leverage that money in the next phase of his career to help others seeking office, some of whom his firm may be lobbying.
“What I plan to do with the remaining funds is consolidate my various campaign accounts into one federal PAC that will be renamed, and it will be used for advocacy for public policy and/or candidates in a bipartisan way,” he said.