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Villaraigosa adds to his post-mayoral resumé

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Former L.A. Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa has finally landed a position in Washington, DC. But it's not in President Obama's cabinet.  

Villaraigosa had been mentioned as a possible Transportation Secretary. Instead, the man who made dozens of trips to the capitol as mayor has a new professional home at a D.C. think tank. The Bipartisan Policy Center today announced Monday that the former mayor is joining the organization as a senior fellow.

The Bipartisan Policy Center was founded in 2007 by former Senate Majority Leaders Howard Baker, Tom Daschle, Bob Dole and George Mitchell, and "combines politically-balanced policymaking with strong, proactive advocacy and outreach."

In a statement released by the group, Villaraigosa said: “At a time when our government has been shut down and Washington is mired in a partisan meltdown, I couldn’t be prouder to work with an organization that works with both Democrats and Republicans to move our government and nation forward.” 

Center president Jason Grumet added that Villaraigosa will bring "an important local perspective to our organization and an energetic and successful history of working across the aisle to get things done.” 

It's not the only post-City Hall job for Villaraigosa. He's also working as an advisor to both the nutritional supplement company Herbalife and Irvine's Banc of California.

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