After practicing law, in 1981 Jim McCrery was named District Manager for U.S. Rep. Buddy Roemer. He moved to Washington later that year to serve as Legislative Director for Congressman Roemer until he moved to Baton Rouge to work as in house counsel and government affairs representative for Georgia-Pacific Corporation also chairing LABI’s Unemployment Compensation Task Force. In 1987, Jim won the special election race to fill Roemer’s unexpired term in Congress. Congressman McCrery was re-elected 10 times.