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Former Dem Secretary of State Buescher to be senior deputy to GOP AG Suthers

Colorado's former Democratic secretary of state has a new job working for the state's Republican attorney general.

Bernie Buescher, who was defeated in November by the GOP's Scott Gessler after serving about half of a term as the state's chief election watchdog, will become the deputy attorney general in charge of the Department of Law's state services section.

“Bernie is a proven leader and manager," attorney general John Suthers said in a statement. "His breadth of experience as an attorney, an elected official and a statewide executive will make him an excellent addition to the office of the attorney general’s management team."

In his new position Buescher will head the group of lawyers that represents state agencies, including the one Gessler now leads. The roster of clients also includes the governor's office, the state Board of Education and all of Colorado's public universities and colleges, and the judicial branch.

A former state legislator, Buescher is a former business executive and was a member of the cabinet under Gov. Roy Romer.

He was secretary of state from Dec. 2008, when he was appointed to replace Republican U.S. Rep. Mike Coffman, until January. He represented a western slope district in the state House of Representatives from Jan. 2005 until taking over the reins at the Department of State.

Buescher takes over from Monica M. Marquez, who was appointed to the Colorado Supreme Court last year by former Gov. Bill Ritter.

He starts the job at the attorney general's office on March 1.

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