BUSINESS
11/21/2009 05:12 am ET Updated May 25, 2011

LilSis: Top Drug Industry Lobbyist Considered For Kennedy's Seat

The LilSis Blog reports that a former lobbyist could temporarily fill the seat of the late Sen. Ted Kennedy.

The blog reports that Nick Littlefield, Kennedy's former chief of staff, is among those being considered for an appointment to the Senate seat by Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick.

Littlefield is the chair of lobbying at Boston law firm Foley Hoag. Over the last six months the firm has brought in more lobbying money from pharmaceutical interests than any other firm in history --- $2.6 million, according to LilSis.

The Massachusetts House of Representatives approved a bill that would allow for a temporary appointment to fill the Senate seat until the state can hold a special election. The Massachusetts Senate must approve the bill for it to become law but Gov. Deval Patrick has indicated that he will sign the bill if it reaches his desk, reports the Christian Science Monitor.

-- Jenna Staul