ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Former Speaker Kurt Zellers is out of the state House but not gone from politics.

Zellers is starting a consulting firm with two longtime Republican political operatives. The firm, called MZA+Co., will help other organizations navigate political issues.

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Zellers served as House Speaker in 2011 and 2012 during his six terms as a state representative from Maple Grove. He ran for governor in 2014 but lost the Republican primary to Jeff Johnson.

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The firm also includes Brian McClung, who was spokesman for former Gov. Tim Pawlenty. Former Deputy Commissioner of Education Chas Anderson is also in the firm.

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