Former Sen. Majority Leader Garagiola to become lobbyist

Former state Senate Majority Leader Robert Garagiola has joined the Annapolis lobbying firm Alexander & Cleaver and will take on clients in Montgomery County, the firm announced Monday morning.

Garagiola, an attorney and prominent Democrat once considered destined for higher political office, announced in June he was retiring from public life to spend more time with his children. That retirement took effect a little more than two weeks ago, and state law bars him from lobbying in Annapolis for a year. 

Instead, Garagiola will be leading Alexander & Cleaver's new office in Montgomery County, where he lives and had represented in the senate for 12 years.

In 2012, Garagiola lost a Congressional primary fight for Maryland's nearly redrawn 6th District that includes some of the Washington D.C. suburbs and most of Western Maryland.  Last week, Gov. Martin O'Malley appointed Del. Brian J. Feldman to assume Garagiola's seat.

Alexander & Cleaver also announced Monday that Kerry Watson, a top aide to Prince George's County Exectutive Rushern L. Baker III joined the firm.

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