Former Rep. Perriello joins progressive think tank's advocacy team

A former congressman will join the leadership of the Center for American Progress.

Former Rep. Tom Perriello (D-Va.) will be the center’s Action Fund president and chief executive officer. Perriello will also serve as counselor for policy at the center.

"Tom has a long record of promoting progressive ideas and making real change, and we are excited to bring his experience and integrity to American Progress in his leadership role of the Center for American Progress Action Fund," center President Neera Tanden said in a press release.

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A one-term representative who joined the House in 2009, Perriello lost his seat to Rep. Robert Hurt (R-Va.) in the 2010 elections.

Perriello served on the Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure and the Committee on Veterans’ Affairs. He also worked on the majority leader’s National Security Working Group.

Before becoming a member of Congress, Perriello “co-founded and managed” nonprofits like Res Publica, Catholics in Alliance for the Common Good, Faith in Public Life and DarfurGenocide.org.

"I am excited for this opportunity to join an institution that fosters the combination of big ideas and concrete action needed to face today’s economic, environmental, and security challenges," Perriello said in the same release.

CAP Action is the advocacy portion of the center, which is a progressive think tank.