After 20 years as a U.S. congressman, Michael R. McNulty is back to answering his own phone, driving his own car and working a 9-to-5 job.
“Believe me, it’s great!” he said, even as he fumbled for a headset so he wouldn’t break the law by driving while using his handheld cellphone.
McNulty is now a senior business adviser to a consulting firm, L&J RAD, and a law firm, Hiscock & Barclay.
He’s drawing heavily on his experience in Congress as he teaches businesses how to create and improve their relationship with government, and how to use that relationship to expand and add jobs. He will also do some lobbying, he said.
“But most importantly, I get to go home every night,” he added. “I don’t have to go through an airport twice a week.”
He’s looking forward to catching all of the Yankees and Giants games this year, pastimes he hasn’t been able to indulge in his entire adult life, he said.
McNulty served 39 years as an elected official, the last 20 in the House of Representatives, including 15 years on the Ways and Means Committee, which focuses on taxation, international trade, health care, human resources and Social Security. McNulty was succeeded by U.S. Rep. Paul D. Tonko, D-Amsterdam.