Former Iowa senator, Cedar Falls firefighter Jeff Danielson hired by American Wind Energy Association

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CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (KCRG) - A longtime state senator from Black Hawk County, who announced in February he was immediately resigning, has a new job.

In a statement on Friday, the American Wind Energy Association said it has hired Jeff Danielson to lead state policy advocacy efforts in the midwest states.

"Danielson will advocate for pro-growth policies to help wind power expand and meet strong consumer demand for clean energy," the press release said.

The former Democratic senator submitted his 10-word resignation letter to Senate leadership a month into the 2019 session.

In an interview, Danielson told TV9 he left because he also left his job as a Cedar Falls firefighter over the recent move to cross-train police officers as firefighters.

He said he will be the 11th Cedar Falls firefighter to resign in the last two years.

Danielson first won his Senate seat in 2004 to represent parts of Waterloo, Cedar Falls and Hudson.

There will be a special election to fill this vacancy.

He also served in the U.S. Navy for 6 years.