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Alberto Torrico.jpgA former Assembly majority leader has joined one of Sacramento's top lobbying shops.

Former Democratic Assemblyman Alberto Torrico is working as an "of-counsel" attorney for Capitol Advocacy, the firm confirmed today. It said in a statement that Torrico, who is not a registered lobbyist, will "provide Capitol Advocacy and its clients with strategic advice on political and policy issues."

The Sacramento-based firm, which represents major Capitol players such as the California Retailers Association, the California Hospital Association and Chevron, ranked No. 5 in California lobbying firm revenues in the first three quarters of 2011.

Torrico, who left the lower house due to term limits in 2010, will retain his private law practice. The Newark Democrat, who ran unsuccessfully in the 2010 Democratic primary for state attorney general, also serves on the state Unemployment Insurance Appeals Board. He was appointed to a six-figure post on the panel by Assembly Speaker John A. Pérez in early 2011.

Torrico joins a group of roughly 50 former legislators working to shape California policy either as registered lobbyists or general policy consultants, according to a 2011 Bee analysis.

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PHOTO CREDIT: Alberto Torrico campaigns for attorney general. Associated Press file photo, 2010.



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