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Washington • Utah Attorney General Mark Shurtleff will become a federal lobbyist next month after he leaves the elected position he's held for a dozen years.

Shurtleff mentioned his new plans to The Salt Lake Tribune while in Washington, D.C., for an immigration reform summit, noting that he plans to spend considerable time in the nation's capital in the months to come.

"I just accepted a job with a national law firm to do national government relations issues with them," he said, declining to name the law firm or the issues on which he will focus.

Shurtleff has also agreed to join the board of the National Immigration Forum, a group pressing for comprehensive immigration reform.

The attorney general decided not to run for a fourth term this year. His deputy, John Swallow, won the election to succeed him as attorney general and will take the oath of office on Jan. 7.

Shurtleff previously served as a Salt Lake County commissioner and worked as a lawyer in southern California. He briefly ran for the U.S. Senate in 2009.

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