Mitt Romney rejoins Marriott board

Mitt Romney rejoins Marriott's board, 1st job announcement since November election loss

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Mitt Romney rejoins Marriott board
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FILE - In this Sunday, Sept. 2, 2012 photo, Ann Romney, center, wife of Republican presidential candidate, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney, left, is handed an umbrella by Nancy Marriott as they arrive at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints for services on in Wofeboro, N.H. Former presidential candidate and Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney announced Monday, Dec. 3, 2012, he is getting a new job title: member of Marriott International's board of directors. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

NEW YORK (AP) -- Former presidential candidate and Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney is rejoining Marriott International's board of directors.

He's held the post with the hotel chain twice before. The first time was from 1993 to 2002, when he left to campaign for governor of Massachusetts, and from 2009 to 2011, when he left to start his campaign for the presidency.

It's the first job announcement Romney has made since he lost the November election to President Barack Obama. Romney has kept a low profile since the election. He's spent the past month largely in seclusion at his family's California home.

Romney has been connected to the Marriott dynasty all of his life. He was named after J.W. Marriott. Romney's full name is Willard Mitt Romney and Marriott's was John Willard Marriott. Marriott, who founded the company in 1927, was close friends with Romney's father.

Marriott International Inc. is based in Bethesda, Md.

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