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Newt Gingrich joins Dentons law firm, as it completes McKenna Long merger

WASHINGTON -- Newt Gingrich, the former U.S. House Speaker from Georgia and presidential candidate, will join the powerhouse government affairs team at Dentons, as it completes its merger with Atlanta's McKenna Long and Aldridge.

Gingrich will be based in the firm's Washington office. His title will be senior adviser in the firm's public policy and regulation practice.

Gingrich, 71, triumphed in the South Carolina primary and was one of the last three Republicans standing for the 2012 nomination, but has shown no interest in rejoining the massive GOP field this time.

Since leaving Congress in 1998, Gingrich built a vast array of businesses known as "Newt Inc." that made him a multi-millionaire, but collapsed during his presidential bid without him at the helm. Since his presidential race, Gingrich has kept up Gingrich Productions -- buoyed by children's books written by his wife, Callista, starring Ellis the Elephant -- and was a host on CNN's short-lived "Crossfire" revival.

Said Gingrich in a press release:

"Dentons' unmatched global presence coupled with its recent expansion in the US is a real draw. The Firm is committed to doing something unique, challenging the traditional and innovating in the legal profession with an emphasis on knowing and understanding communities around the world for the benefit of clients. It's exciting and I look forward to being a part of it alongside a distinguished group of former policymakers and opinion leaders."

Dentons adds Gingrich to a bipartisan heavyweight policy lineup of former members of Congress, ambassadors and top aides, a group chaired by former Sam Nunn aide and U.S. Ambassador to Canada Gordon Giffin.

Among the other big names: former Florida Attorney General and U.S. Rep. Bill McCollum, former George H.W. Bush aide and Atlanta GOP rainmaker Eric Tanenblatt, and another onetime presidential hopeful -- former Vermont Gov. Howard Dean.

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