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K Street Files: Tim Pawlenty Taking Lobby Gig, Quits Role With Romney Campaign

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Former Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty will step down as national co-chairman of the Romney for President campaign in order to take the helm at the Financial Services Roundtable.

When asked what his biggest hurdle would be in making the transition from public sector to a top-tier K Streeter, Pawlenty quipped: "Finding an affordable place to live." But, he added, more seriously: "Delving into the financial services industry will require some ramp-up time."

Pawlenty said Bartlett, during his 12 years at the helm of the group, had done a remarkable job and that he was eager to build on what he had done.

"We have a lot of work to do," Pawlenty said of his new assignment. "But also a lot of opportunities."

Bartlett, who hailed the selection of Pawlenty, was coy about his next step. But he said he planned to announce a new career in January.

"It will be significant," the one-time mayor of Dallas said.

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