House Speaker Margaret Anderson Kelliher had a job awaiting when she leaves her post at the first of the year.
The Minneapolis resident will become president of the Minnesota High Tech Association, the group announced this morning.
â€œThrough her previous positions in government and extensive community involvement, Margaret brings excellent experience collaborating with individuals and organizations, great familiarity with public policy and strong communication skills to the position,â€ association Chairwoman Joy Lindsay said. â€œMargaret is a proven leader, and we are excited to utilize her strengths to promote the growth and sustainability of Minnesotaâ€™s technology-based economy.â€
Last week, Kelliher pulled herself out of consideration for leading the Minneapolis parks department.
The Democratic-Farmer-Labor Party endorsed Kelliher for governor earlier this year, but Mark Dayton defeated her in August’s primary election.
Kelliher said she is looking forward to her new job, and said her experience will help the association build relationships around the state.
â€œI am passionate about advancing education and job growth in Minnesota, and serving as president of MHTA will allow me to do that,â€ Kelliher said.