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Former GOP Sen. Tony Strickland is going from practicing politics to preaching it as a fellow at the University of Southern California's Jesse M. Unruh Institute of Politics.

The Ventura County Star's Timm Herdt has the details on the Moorpark Republican's new gig:

Strickland, a Republican, will become one of about six former legislators to participate in the program since its start three years ago. The unpaid fellowship involves participation in panel discussions on political and public policy issues and interaction with students in small group discussions.

In addition, plans are being made for Strickland to partner with Dan Schnur, the institute's director, in teaching a class in the fall called "The Future of California." That position would be paid.

Strickland, who lost a 2012 bid for an open House seat to former Democratic Assemblywoman Julia Brownley, might not stay on the campaign sidelines for long. The two-time former state controller candidate told Herdt he is "seriously considering" challenging Brownley again in 2014.


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