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Russ Feingold Being Considered For State Department Post

May become a special envoy to the Great Lakes region of Africa.

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Posted on April 30, 2013, at 2:54 p.m. ET

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WASHINGTON — Former Wisconsin Senator Russ Feingold is being considered for a position at the State Department, the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel reported on Tuesday.

Feingold, who served with now-Secretary of State John Kerry in the Senate, is in talks to become the special envoy to the Great Lakes region of Africa.

A source close to Feingold confirmed to BuzzFeed that the talks are occurring.

"I can confirm on background that the story is accurate, but don't have anything beyond what's in there," the source said.

Feingold, who has been out of the Senate since 2010, told the Journal Sentinel's Daniel Bice that "I would of course welcome the opportunity to work with Secretary Kerry and to serve my country and President."

Spokespeople for the State Department didn't immediately return a request for comment.