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Former California lawmaker Brian Nestande lands government post

Former Assemblyman Brian Nestande, R-Palm Desert, has taken a job overseeing Riverside County’s lobbyists.
Former Assemblyman Brian Nestande, R-Palm Desert, has taken a job overseeing Riverside County’s lobbyists. hamezcua@sacbee.com

Former Assemblyman Brian Nestande has run for his last office.

Only weeks after losing a high-profile House race, Nestande has a new job: overseeing Riverside County’s lobbying corps in Sacramento and Washington, D.C. He starts work Jan. 5.

“I’m closing the book on elective office,” Nestande, R-Palm Desert, said in an interview. “I appreciate the opportunity and am looking forward to getting started.”

Nestande, a former aide to the late Rep. Sonny Bono and former Rep. Mary Bono, served in the Assembly from 2008 through November, where he was part of his caucus’ moderate wing. He was a top Republican recruit to take on freshman Rep. Raul Ruiz, D-Palm Desert, who barely won in 2012.

Nestande, though, was one of several California Republicans who lost in an otherwise GOP-friendly election cycle.

Nestande will earn $168,000 as a deputy county executive. He will not be a lobbyist, at least for the time being. State law prohibits any former lawmaker, for a year after leaving office, from communicating with former colleagues or staff “for the purpose of influencing legislative action.”

Riverside County, California’s fourth-largest, reported paying more than $1 million for Sacramento lobbying services from January 2013 through September 2014.

Call Jim Miller, Bee Capitol Bureau, (916) 326-5521. Follow him on Twitter @jimmiller2.

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