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NBC News Hires Former Governor Ed Rendell

The ex-politician from Pennsylvania joins NBC News and MSNBC as political analyst.

Ed Rendell is barely out of Pennsylvania’s governor’s mansion, but he’s already landed a new gig - on TV.

Rendell joins the growing list of politicos-cum-TV-pundits with a job at NBC News. The network made the announcement Tuesday. Rendell, a Democrat, has been a frequent guest on various NBC News and MSNBC programs. His appointment is effective immediately, and he’ll join NBC Nightly News anchor Brian Williams and Meet the Press moderator David Gregory for NBC’s coverage of tonight’s State of the Union address.

In making the announcement, Steve Capus, president of NBC News, said: "Governor Rendell has never been afraid to share his thoughtful analysis on national and local issues, and he couldn’t be a better fit for NBC News. His extensive experience serving the people of Pennsylvania gives him a unique perspective, and we’re thrilled to have him on board."

Rendell left the governor’s mansion earlier this month after two terms there beginning in 2003. Prior to that he was general chair of the Democratic National Committee during the 2000 presidential election.

"I'm excited about this new opportunity with NBC, because I believe our country faces critical challenges in the next two years," added Rendell. "The ability to have my voice heard and create an impact on the political discourse is exciting to me and is an extension of my continued commitment to public life."