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November 30, 2012

Altmire lines up new job

NEW CASTLE — U.S. Rep. Jason Altmire, who is winding down his time in Congress, will soon have a new job.

He will become senior vice president of public policy, government and community affairs for Florida Blue, which is Florida’s Blue Cross and Blue Shield company. He will leave elected office Jan. 3.

Altmire lost in the April primary to fellow Democrat, U.S. Rep. Mark Critz. The two faced off against each other after their districts were merged by the state Legislature.

In a statement released by Florida Blue, Altmire said, “Serving the people of western Pennsylvania in the United States Congress has been the highest honor of my life. During the past six years, I have worked to represent every constituent in our diverse district and give western Pennsylvania a voice in Washington.”

He added, “Now that the time has come to move on to the next phase of my life, I am delighted to return to my career roots in health care policy and community affairs.”

Prior to running for Congress, Altmire served as a government affairs executive with the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center for seven years.

Patrick Geraghty, chairman and chief executive officer of Florida Blue, said, “We believe that Congressman Altmire’s career experience will help continue to position Florida Blue as a leader in the ongoing health care reform dialogue and as a trusted partner for health care policymakers, business leaders and community leaders across the state.”

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