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Former House Republican leader Larry Cafero will return to the state Capitol next year as a lobbyist for a wine and liquor trade association.

Cafero, who didn’t seek re-election last year after 22 years in the General Assembly, will become the executive director of the Wine and Spirit Wholesalers of Connecticut, a trade association.

Cafero succeeds Peter Berdon and will take over the association on July 1. He won’t be able to lobby until 2016 due to the state’s revolving door law. The association will continue to be represented by Gaffney Bennett, one of the largest Connecticut lobbying firms.

Cafero, an attorney, was most recently a partner in the Hartford law firm of Brown Rudnick where he has practiced law since 1998.

“I am very much looking forward to my new role and association with WSWC,” Cafero said in a press release. “For over 50 years, WSWC has represented the wine and spirits distributors of this state with great effectiveness and the highest integrity. It will be my goal to continue in that tradition.”