Ex-Gov. Schweiker Takes Lobbying Job

Former Pennsylvania Gov. Mark Schweiker, a Republican, is joining the powerhouse law firm of Stradley Ronon as a senior adviser in its government-affairs practice, the firm announced Friday.

Schweiker was president and CEO of the Greater Philadelphia Chamber of Commerce after leaving the state Capitol, where he served as governor from 2001 to 2003. Schweiker took over for then-Gov. Tom Ridge after 9-11, when Ridge was appointed homeland security director in the administration of President George W. Bush.

A former Bucks County commissioner, Schweiker had been lieutenant governor from 1995 to 2001, chosen in part to give geographical balance to the GOP ticket. Ridge is a native of Erie.

"Mark's prior public service and extensive knowledge...complement and build on our existing government affairs practice," said William Sasso, chairman of the Stradley Ronon firm.

Recently, Schweiker's name had been floated as a possible Republican challenger to Sen. Bob Casey (D.,Pa.) who is up for re-election in 2012.

Schweiker also is president of a unit of PRWT Services Inc. that provides back-office services to commerical and government organizations.