On June 1, 2004, Democrat Stephanie Herseth won a special election for Congress.
In November 2004, Rep. Max Sandlin (D-Tex.) was defeated for reelection.
On January 1, 2006, Max Sandlin registered as a lobbyist at Greenberg Traurig, where his colleagues included Humana and the National Association of Broadcasters.
In 2007, lobbyist Sandlin and congresswoman Herseth married, making her the fourth Dakota Democrat this decade to be married to a registered lobbyist while serving in Congress (Daschle, Dorgan, and Conrad are the other three).
In November 2010, Herseth Sandlin lost in a race where her husband's lobbying ties were an issue. This week, we learn that she's joining K Street lobbying firm Olson Frank Weeda. From the press release:
In Congress, Stephanie Herseth Sandlin served on the House Committees on Agriculture, Natural Resources and Veterans’ Affairs. She was also appointed by the Speaker of the House to serve on the Select Committee on Energy Independence and Global Warming. Additionally, Herseth Sandlin was Co-Chair of the Blue Dog Coalition and a Senior Whip in the Democratic Caucus. She specialized in agriculture, renewable energy, rural economic development, veterans’ issues and tribal affairs.