Connecticut Gov. Lowell P. Weicker Jr. will join Dresing/Lierman, a Bethesda, Md., healthcare services and consulting firm, after his term ends Jan. 5.
Mr. Weicker will become board chairman of the company, which will be renamed Dresing/Lierman/Weicker. The company said Mr. Weicker will focus on medical research and innovation in the public and private sectors and assist in expanding a nationwide network of rural health clinics that the company is establishing.
The company's founders are Robert Dresing, former president and chief executive officer of the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, and Terry Lierman, president of Capitol Associates, a consulting firm, and former staff director of the Senate Appropriations Committee.
Mr. Weicker became involved in healthcare issues as a former three-term U.S. senator and ranking Republican on the appropriations subcommittee that funded health and education programs.
After leaving the Senate in 1989, he became president and chief executive officer of Research!America, a medical research advocacy group.
In 1990, Mr. Weicker ran as an independent candidate for governor of Connecticut. He announced last fall that he wouldn't run for a second term. But in his State of the State message this year, Mr. Weicker proposed a plan to achieve universal healthcare coverage (Feb. 14, p. 34). This spring, the state General Assembly passed an amended version of the governor's bill (June 6, p. 12).