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Jesse Panuccio taking job with Donald Trump administration

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Jesse Panuccio, the former head of the state’s jobs agency, is taking a job with President Donald Trump‘s administration at the Department of Justice, according to sources familiar with the hire.

Panuccio, reached as he was boarding a plane to Washington, D.C., declined comment. However, a third source, close to Panuccio and the Trump administration, says that Panuccio will begin work as early as Monday.

But sources tell that Panuccio, now with the Foley & Lardner law firm, accepted an offer to become Principal Deputy Associate Attorney General.

The job was most recently filled by Bill Baer, who left at the end of the Obama Administration.

Before his recent stint in private practice, Panuccio was head of the state’s Department of Economic Opportunity (DEO), starting in 2013 under Gov. Rick Scott.

He also served as Scott’s general counsel. He quit in December 2015, telling Scott it was “time to begin a new chapter in my career and life.”

At Foley & Lardner, the magna cum laude Harvard Law grad has a regulatory and appellate practice consisting of high-stakes litigation.

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