Former Dallas Mayor Tom Leppert backs U.S. Senate candidate David Dewhurst after debating Ted Cruz on July 17, 2012. (Credit: Jack Fink/KTVT)

Former Dallas Mayor Tom Leppert backs U.S. Senate candidate David Dewhurst after debating Ted Cruz on July 17, 2012. (Credit: Jack Fink/KTVT)

DALLAS (AP) – Former U.S. Senate candidate and Dallas Mayor Tom Leppert has a new job as president of the test-prep giant Kaplan, Inc.

Kaplan announced Tuesday it had hired Leppert as president and chief operating officer. The company says Leppert will be in charge of day-to-day operations of Kaplan Test Prep and Kaplan Higher Education.

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Leppert was mayor of Dallas from 2007 to 2011. He ran last year for the Republican nomination for U.S. Senate, eventually won by Ted Cruz.

Leppert says in a statement that he’s seen how education can transform lives.

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Kaplan is part of The Washington Post Co., and sells a range of test-prep books and classes, along with for-profit universities.

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