Margaret Anderson Kelliher no longer to be unemployed

Margaret Anderson Kelliher will not be unemployed come January.

The outgoing Minnesota House Speaker landed a job as president of the Minnesota High Tech Association, a non-profit that advocates for the state's technology industry.

"Margaret is a proven leader, and we are excited to utilize her strengths to promote the growth and sustainability of Minnesota's technology-based economy," says Joy Lindsay, board chair for the High Tech Association, in a statement.

Kelliher's new job sounds quite a bit different than her last one. She's coming off a 12-year gig in the Minnesota Legislature, a job she started when she was only 29. She became House Speaker in 2007.

Kelliher announced a bid for the 2010 Minnesota governor's race last year. She got off to a strong start, beating hoards of opponents for the DFL party endorsement. But Mark Dayton knocked her out of the running in the August primary election.

After losing the primary, Kelliher was a finalist for the Minneapolis Parks & Recreation Board superintendent spot. She bowed out of that race last week, seemingly leaving her 2011 schedule very open.

Luckily, the High Tech Association came through. Kelliher will start the new job in January.

Who knew MAK was a techy?

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