Rep. Don Manzullo (R-Ill.), who lost his bid for reelection in a March primary after 20 years in Congress, will become president and CEO of the Korea Economic Institute (KEI), reports the Chicago Tribune.

“Korea is a huge ally of ours, and we’ve been working closely with them on a number of issues,” Rich Carter, Manzullo’s spokesperson, told the Tribune.

Manzullo chairs the House subcommittee on Asia and the Pacific, and KEI is a research organization in Washington with ties to the government-funded Korea Institute for International Economic Policy in Seoul.

Manzullo lost his seat to first-term Rep. Adam Kinzinger (R-Ill.) following redistricting that put them on the same primary ballot for the 2012 election.

Last week, Sen. Jim DeMint announced he would be leaving the Senate at the end of the month to become the president of the Heritage Foundation in April.