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Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon accepts job with St. Louis-area law firm

Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon spoke at the grand opening ceremony for the latest section of the Katy Trail on Saturday afternoon in Pleasant Hill.
Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon spoke at the grand opening ceremony for the latest section of the Katy Trail on Saturday afternoon in Pleasant Hill. Special to The Star

Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon has lined up a job in the private sector.

Nixon told the Star Saturday he’ll be joining the Dowd Bennett law firm in suburban St. Louis when he leaves office Jan. 10. He’ll join a firm co-founded by a former U.S. Attorney — and the current firm of former U.S. Sen. Jack Danforth, a Republican.

The law firm’s website says its lawyers focus “on high-stakes litigation and trials, internal and governmental investigations, and appellate representation.”

Nixon said he wasn’t sure when he’ll start work. He plans to take a few weeks off after leaving office, he said, to “get some sun.”

The Democrat, 60, has been in public office for 30 years — first as a state legislator, then attorney general, and finally as the state’s 55th governor.

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