This report explains the story of one lawmaker-turned-lobbyist in Missouri.
Last year, [fprmer State Sen. Mike] Gibbons was one of the most powerful elected officials in the Capitol. As the president pro tem of the Republican-led Senate, Gibbons helped set the agenda on what bills ultimately would or would not get through the process. He had hoped to parlay his political career in the Senate into a statewide elected position but lost a race for attorney general.
So he went from asking lobbyists for big donations to lobbying his former colleagues on behalf of some of Missouri’s biggest companies.
In the Senate, Gibbons supported legislation that would have steered public money to the Ballpark Village development in downtown St. Louis. Now he’s representing the Cordish Co., the developers working with the St. Louis Cardinals to develop the site.
Last week, as Gibbons was walking into his old stamping grounds in the Senate Lounge, he was representing Monsanto, which along with other large industrial companies is concerned about massive price increases that could be made possible by a bill pushed by utility company AmerenUE.