US Rep. Conor Lamb, who lost the Democratic Senate primary to John Fetterman earlier this year, hinted at a possible return to public service while announcing that he would be joining a prominent Philadelphia personal injury law firm.
Lamb, a 38-year-old former federal prosecutor and Marine Corps veteran from suburban Pittsburgh, said on Twitter Sunday that he would be joining Kline and Specter, the company owned by Shanin Specter, a son of the late Senator Arlen Specter. was co-founded.
In addition to Philadelphia, the law firm has offices in Pittsburgh, New York City, Delaware and New Jersey.
“Every day in Congress I have used my time as a prosecutor trying to be a strong and civil advocate for the people of Pennsylvania,” Lamb wrote on Twitter. “In the future, I intend to do the same by returning to the courtroom.”
Lamb’s family has a notable history in Pennsylvania and Pittsburgh politics. His grandfather, Thomas Lamb, served in the House and Senate from 1959 to 1974, and his uncle, Michael Lamb, is Pittsburgh’s controller and a former candidate for state auditor general.
“My parents and grandparents made sure I knew how good this country is for us. They inspired me to spend 13 years in public service. Now I want my law practice to be about giving a voice to people who need help and making our democracy work,” tweeted Lamb, a married father of two young children.
“I will work with everyone who shares these goals and I hope to return to public service one day,” he added, “maybe soon.”
In January, I’m joining Kline and Spectre, a law firm that fights for people who have been catastrophically injured. They are the nation’s leaders in prosecuting civil justice and I am honored to be part of their team.
— Conor Lamm (@ConorLambPA) November 20, 2022
The Pittsburgh Tribune-Review’s Ryan Deto noted that Lamb was mentioned as a possible interim replacement for Attorney General Josh Shapiro, who will become governor in January, but that appointment would need approval from a GOP-controlled state Senate, which is unlikely to be ready Let Lamb brush up on his statewide credentials.
The moderate Lamm, who is considered a rising star in Pennsylvania Democrat circles, declined to run for re-election in the 17th congressional district, which covers Beaver County and parts of Allegheny County.
Instead, he entered the Democratic Senate primary, trying to offer voters a centrist alternative to the more left-leaning Fetterman.
However, Lamb was unable to match Fetterman’s considerable fundraising skills and mystique. In the primary, Lamb received 26% of the vote while Fetterman received nearly 59%.
Lamb burst onto the western Pennsylvania political scene in 2018 when he narrowly won a special election in what was then the 18th congressional district that former President Donald Trump won by a 20-point margin two years earlier.
Later in 2018, Lamb and then-GOP Rep. Keith Rothfus faced each other in the 17th congressional district race, with Lamb receiving 56% of the vote.
In 2020, Lamb survived a challenge from Trump-backed combat veteran Sean Parnell by receiving 51% of the vote.