Five months after he was ousted from Congress, former Virginia Rep. Glenn Nye (D) has landed on his feet.

Nye, who held the Virginia Beach-based 2nd district for just one term before losing to auto dealer Scott Rigell (R) in November, has taken a post as senior fellow in the Washington office of the German Marshall Fund, the group announced Friday.

The GMF, a nonpartisan organization that promotes better relations between North America and Europe, is a good fit for Nye, given his pre-Congressional background. Before scoring something of an upset victory in the 2008 election, Nye was an officer in the U.S. Foreign Service, stationed in several countries. (The GMF’s release notes that Nye speaks both German and Albanian.)

Nye’s name was briefly back in the news last month after Sen. James Webb (D) announced that he would not run for reelection in 2012. Nye was one of three Virginia House Democrats who lost in 2010, along with Tom Perriello and Rick Boucher, and all three were mentioned as potential Senate candidates.

Nye ruled himself out of the Senate race in early February, but he could still decide to mount a campaign to win his old House seat back. Working for the nonprofit GMF could keep him politically viable in a way that some other professions — such as lobbying — might not.