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Cardoza Stepping Down From House And Into Private Sector

By now you probably know that Rep. Dennis Cardoza, D-Calif., will be resigning tomorrow, saying that family struggles have primarily caused his early departure from the House.

But he won't be out of work, that's for sure.

Within hours of Cardoza's announcement that he will step down earlier than he had originally announced, another announcement came out that the Blue Dog Democrat will be heading up a major law firm's federal government affairs and public policy division.

Cardoza will be based in D.C., advising clients here and in California as a managing director for Manatt, Phelps & Phillips, LLP.

"A lot of firms were recruiting Dennis, so we are doubly thrilled he will call Manatt home," read a statement from James Bonham, chair of the firm's federal government affairs and public policy group.

Cardoza had already announced that this would be his last year, but told The Sacramento Bee that because "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 and his wife have one biological and two adopted teenagers.

Because it's so late in the year, there won't be a special election to fill the seat.

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