Soon-to-be Former Congressman Altmire Takes Job with Florida Health Insurer

The McCandless Democrat will be working for Florida Blue, the state's version of Blue Cross/Blue Shield.

Rep. Jason Altmire, D-McCandless, has accepted a position with Florida Blue, the state's Blue Cross and Blue Shield health insurer, as a senior vice president for public policy, government and community affairs.

, when their two districts were reshaped into one by a GOP redistricting map. 

Critz lost the general election to Republican Keith Rothfus.

"Serving the people of Western Pennsylvania in the United States Congress has been the highest honor of my life," Altmire said in a statement released by Florida Blue. "During the past six years I have worked to represent every constituent in our diverse district and give Western Pennsylvania a voice in Washington."

Altmire was a health care lobbyist for UPMC before his election to Congress in 2006. He is also a graduate of Florida State University and served on the staff of former Florida Rep. Pete Peterson.

“I am thrilled to join Florida Blue because of its stellar reputation and forward-focused mission—to help people and communities achieve better health," Altmire said in a statement. "At this pivotal time for our nation’s health care system, I look forward to being part of Florida Blue, a thought leader on the cutting edge of health care industry transformation."


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Jaun November 29, 2012 at 10:24 PM
lobbyist, politician, lobbyist, its all the same
Mark A. November 30, 2012 at 10:09 AM
Altmire was one of the good ones. He didn't play nice with the party, so they got him booted. Thats what you get when you try to actually use common sense in government. I don't blame him at all for walking away disgusted, I'd go for the cash-in too.
Richland Township Democrats December 19, 2012 at 02:22 AM
All too often in politics we focus on the negativity of the political debate. At the end of the day hundreds of dedicated public servants give up time with their family to work on our behalf while taking thousands of tongue lashings a day from constituents that disagree with them. We think it is appropriate to thank Congressman Altmire for being a reasonable politician during his tenure in office and not getting caught up in the partisan bickering that dominates the news. You can thank Congressman Altmire here: http://tinyurl.com/cxezhhl


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