- Associated Press - Tuesday, January 20, 2015

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) - Former U.S. Rep. Jim Matheson of Utah has joined a major lobbying firm in Washington, D.C.

The firm Squire Patton Boggs announced in a statement Tuesday that Matheson has joined the firm’s public policy shop.

Tuesday was his first day but federal rules prohibit Matheson from lobbying his former colleagues for one year.

Matheson says in a statement that he’s excited to join the firm and address public policy issues.

The 54-year-old Democrat represented Utah in Congress for 14 years before deciding not to run for an eighth term last year.

During his seven terms in Congress, Matheson staked himself out as a member of the fiscally conservative “Blue Dog” Democrats.

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