Tauzin to be lobbyist for medicine makers

December 16, 2004|By LOS ANGELES TIMES

WASHINGTON - The pharmaceutical industry named as its top lobbyist yesterday a congressman who has been overseeing it. The job is said to come with a $1 million-plus salary.

Rep. Billy Tauzin, 61, a Louisiana Republican who exercised jurisdiction over the industry as chairman of the Energy and Commerce Committee, will become president of the Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America on Jan. 3, when his retirement from Congress after 24 years takes effect.

Watchdog groups Public Citizen and Common Cause criticized him for using his public service for personal benefit.

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