Former Georgia Senate candidate Michael Thurmond has left politics for an Atlanta law firm.

Thurmond, who served three terms as state labor commissioner, lost to Sen. Johnny Isakson (R-Ga.) in November by a landslide. He finished with just 39 percent of the vote in what was a tough year for Democrats in the South.

Thurmond, however, outperformed the only other black Democratic Senate candidate, Rep. Kendrick Meek, who finished with 20 percent of the vote in the three-way Florida Senate race.

According to a release, Thurmond has joined the law firm of Butler, Wooten & Fryhofer, LLP and will focus on serious personal injury and products liability cases, class action suits and whistleblower claims.   

“I am excited about this unique opportunity to work with one of America's most successful trial law firms," Thurmond said in a statement. "This will allow me to further my lifelong commitment to helping citizens who have been unlawfully wronged."