Reminding us that there are always second acts in public life, a former Democratic state representative from the Lehigh Valley is joining forces with long-running Harrisburg government relations firm Triad Strategies.
The “strategic partnership” with ex-Rep. Jennifer Mann, of Allentown, “made a great deal of sense, and we’re thrilled to have her in the fold.” Triad’s managing partner, Roy Wells, said in a statement, describing Mann as a “longtime friend of the firm.”
Mann served in the House from 1998 to 2012, leaving to form her own consulting firm, JL Mann Consulting. While in the House, she served as the Democrats’ caucus secretary. At the time, she was only the third woman to serve in a Democratic leadership role since the Legislature’s founding in 1682.
Mann twice made unsuccessful bids for higher office. In 2005, she ran in an acrimonious special state Senate election to fill the vacancy created by Republican Charlie Dent’s election to Congress. She lost to Republican Pat Browne, who’s currently chairman of the Senate Appropriations Committee.
In 2008, Mann ran for the Democratic nomination for state treasurer. She lost to eventual nominee Rob McCord, of Montgomery County, who’s now serving time on a federal influence-peddling conviction.
“I’m looking forward to capitalizing on the synergism that this strategic partnership will bring,” Mann said in a statement. “We are committed to the success of our clients and our ability provide access to the resources and expertise they need to achieve their public policy objectives.”