Losing up: Former Rep. Phil English, Pa.

For a politician, losing a race can often spell an improved salary, because it opens up a move to K Street. The latest example of a vanquished politician landing on K Street is Rep. Phil English, R-Pa.

English lost re-election last year to Kathy Dahlkemper in a district that stretches from Erie down to the northern exurbs of Pittsburgh. Now he's lobbying

In a lobbying registration for the Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine, Arent Fox lists English as one of the lobbyists, noting he won't make lobbying contacts before January 11, 2010. By law, English is barred from lobbying the House until January 2011, but he can lobby the Senate or executive agencies already.

English is far from the quickest post-2008 retiree to start lobbying. Former Rep. Mike McNulty, D-N.Y., from Albany was a lobbyist less than a month after he left Congress.

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