Former U.S. Rep. Charles Boustany has joined the Capitol Counsel Washington, D.C., lobbying firm.

Boustany, a Lafayette Republican and doctor, served 12 years in Congress. He unsuccessfully ran for the U.S. Senate last year. According to a news release from the firm, he will focus on health care, tax and trade issues.

Boustany was a co-founder of the House Doctors Caucus and a co-chaired the bipartisan U.S.-China Working Group.

Boustany, 61, can't lobby his former colleagues for two years under Congress' “cooling-off period” mandate. The ban doesn't apply to the executive branch, though.

He joins other Louisiana lawmakers who recently left Congress, including former Sens. David Vitter and Mary Landrieu, in making the move to lobbying.

Former Louisiana Congressman Jim McCrery is a partner at Capital Counsel.

"Dr. Boustany's understanding of Congress, the Administration, and complex policy issues will continue to enhance what we are able to do for our clients," McCrery said in the news release.

Charles Boustany has spent the past 12 years building relationships with people in Acadiana …

Before joining Congress in 2005, Boustany worked as a cardiovascular surgeon.

"It is an honor to join my former colleague in Congress, Jim McCrery, and the very talented team at Capitol Counsel," Boustany said in the news release. "I am looking forward to the work ahead in health care, tax policy, and trade policy."

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