Former Alaska Sen. Mark Begich is moving on from his loss in the midterm elections and has announced he would be starting a new consulting firm, forgoing a run for mayor of Anchorage, reports the Alaska Dispatch News.
"Political office can come and go, but seventh and eighth grade only come once. I might be chaperoning a few more dances than he thought," he told the paper, saying opening up a consulting firm would allow him to remain in Washington, D.C., where his son attends school.
The firm, Northern Compass Group, officially registered with Alaska's Department of Commerce
on Jan. 26.
In early January there was some speculation that Begich, who previously served two terms as mayor of Anchorage, would seek a return to office.
"A uniqueness of my position now as a former U.S. senator, I think there's a lot of issues on a national level that I could help influence that would impact Alaska. And that’s part of the equation of, do I serve in the mayor’s office, try to run for that office and use this new opportunity to try to help Alaska in a different level?" said Begich in remarks that fueled the speculation, KTVA reported last month.
On Sunday, the National Association for Home Care & Hospice (NAHC)
formally announced that Begich would be joining the organization as part of its leadership team.
In addition to advising the NAHC, Begich will be helping to "produce educational materials, to offer certification and accreditation programs and to build positive public awareness for homecare and hospice," reads a NAHC press release.
Begich also has been hired by Grant Aviation.
As far as his political future is concerned, Begich did not rule out another possible campaign in 2016, telling the Alaska Daily News that running for the House or Senate are options that "are always on the table, but at the time they're not what I'm focusing on."
The former senator was one of a handful of conservative Democrats who lost their re-election campaigns in the midterms, although he did not concede until almost two weeks after the Nov. 4 election.
On Nov. 17, Begich finally conceded the race to Republican Dan Sullivan after state election tallies showed him down by more than 2 percent, Politico reported.
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