Former Republican U.S. Rep. James Gerlach, who served parts of Berks and Montgomery counties as the representative for Pennsylvania’s Sixth Congressional District for 12 years, has been hired to lead a large national political action committee that serves business and industry.
Gerlach is the new president and CEO of the Business-Industry Political Action Committee, also known as BIPAC. It is comprised of more than 7,300 businesses and associations and has a mission of “increasing the political effectiveness of the nation’s business community.”
An attorney, Gerlach most recently worked as counsel for Venable LLP, a national legal firm.
“As a candidate for public office, early in my career, BIPAC provided me – personally – and my campaign with tremendous value as I transitioned from a state legislator to a U.S. congressman,” Gerlach said. “I look forward to … assisting its members and partners in advancing their political, public policy and business objectives.”
Gerlach was introduced at a BIPAC board of directors meeting in Washington, D.C. on Thursday. He was selected for the job after a nationwide search.
He succeeds Gregory S. Casey as president and CEO. Casey, who held the position since 1999, is retiring.
Describing BIPAC as the nation’s first business political action committee, Casey said BIPAC has become a resource for businesses that want to maximize their credibility and effectiveness in public policy and politics.
Gerlach’s first day at BIPAC will be June 22.