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Rep. Cardoza Resigns Seat, Takes Job at Manatt

Posted Aug 15, 2012 1:25 PM CDT
By Molly McDonough

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Dennis Cardoza

Citing a need to be home to assist with "increasing parenting challenges," Rep. Dennis Cardoza (D–Calif.) offered a surprise resignation this week that takes effect midnight Wednesday.

Cardoza, who will leave Congress to join the lobbying arm of Manatt, Phelps, Phillips in Washington, D.C., made the announcement on his congressional website and in an interview with the Sacramento Bee.

"In light of the fact that nothing is going to happen for the rest of the year, and in light of the fact that (my wife) and I are facing increasing parenting challenges, this seemed the right time to make this move," Cardoza told the Bee.

The paper reports that Cardoza and his wife, Dr. Kathleen McLoughlin, have three children, including a biological daughter and two adopted siblings, who joined the family from foster care in 2000.

Cardoza, who'd announced earlier this year his intention to retire, is set to start Aug. 16 as a managing director in Manatt's federal government affairs and public policy office, the Bee reports.

Hat Tip: Above the Law.

Also see:

Manatt news release: "U.S. Representative Dennis Cardoza Joins Manatt"

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