Washington • Utah native Matt Petersen is taking a job at a leading law firm after resigning as vice chairman of the Federal Election Commission.

Petersen had served far longer than the six-year term President George W. Bush appointed him to after unsuccessful attempts to replace him on the commission.

The Washington-based law firm Holtzman Vogel Josefiak Torchinsky announced that Petersen, a former two-time chairman of the FEC, is joining it as a partner.

“Matt’s extensive knowledge of federal election law and his experience guiding the commission through a period of profound change will be a tremendous asset to our firm and our clients,” said Jill Holtzman Vogel, founder and managing partner of the law firm.

The firm touts itself as having clients that range from elected officials, candidates, political action committees, nonprofit groups and businesses and helping them manage their government relations operations.

Petersen said he was excited to join the firm and “add my two decades experience in government and election law to their already top-notch team.”