Dempsey joins Clayton-based lobbying firm

Former Missouri Senate President Pro Tem Tom Dempsey, who resigned less than a week ago, says his new title is “director of business development’’ at a Clayton-based lobbying firm, Gate Way Group.

dempseytom021815Dempsey, a Republican from St. Charles, said in an interview that he began work this week. His resignation from the state Senate was effective last Friday.

Gate Way’s clients include wealthy financier Rex Sinquefield, who has been at odds with Dempsey on some issues, most notably “right to work,” which would curb union clout in the workplace.

Dempsey voted against the “right to work’’ measure – backed by Sinquefield — that passed during this year’s legislative session. The bill was vetoed by Gov. Jay Nixon, a Democrat. It’s unclear if the measure will be brought up during the September veto session.

Dempsey emphasized that he won’t lobby Missouri elected officials in his new post. He expects instead to deal with state governments in other states, such as Florida. “We’re still working on that,’’ Dempsey said.

He does expect to work with some of Gate Way’s healthcare clients. Its list of current and former clients include the American Academy of Dermatology Association, the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists and the Center for Diagnostic Imaging.

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