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An Exodus From Congress Tests the Lure of Lobbying

There’s a particular moment Representative Tom Rooney can see in his mind, when his fifth and final term in the House comes to an end and he leaves Washington, D.C., for the last time as a member of Congress. He’ll drive south toward Georgia, crossing over into Florida north of Jacksonville.

He’ll pass that familiar sign, the blue one that says “Welcome to the Sunshine State,” when he reaches the border.


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