(Jim Hock) In all the heated rhetoric we've heard over the past 2 years about lobbyists, you sometimes forget that their are outstanding people in DC who everyday fight the good fight for great causes (and don't get huge paydays). One of those is Jim Seeley, who announced his retirement as the chief lobbyist for the City of Los Angeles after 34 years of service. In that time, Jim served 4 different mayors and was with the City through riots, floods, earthquakes and helping enact countless policies that helped so many pursue economic opportunity and a better life.
I worked as an intern for Jim and am proud to call him a mentor as well as great friend. Last night it was an honor to be among the many FOJs to raise a glass to Jim and his career. I can say without question that my life (and countless others) is better for having worked with Jim Seeley and been around him. As one of our mutual reporter friends said this week, "Jim is one of the most gracious men ever to set foot in Washington DC. I don't believe I have ever known anyone in government with less ego and more kindness."
Amen to that. We wish Jim, his wife Jo Ann and their 11 kids (yes, 11) and their multitude of grandchildren the best in the years to come.
Check out this blog post in the National Journal about Jim.