Former Indiana Democratic Senator Evan Bayh is completing his transition from the public to the private sector by joining Washington law firm McGuireWoods as a partner and strategic consultant.

Bayh, a former two-term governor of Indiana, chose not to run for a third term in the U.S. Senate, citing Washington's partisan tone and saying he could serve Indiana better in another role. In his new position with McGuireWoods, he'll likely be relying on his experience as a lawmaker.

During his time in the Senate, Bayh served on both the Energy Natural Resources Committee and the Banking Committee. McGuireWoods has a number of high-profile energy and banking clients.

"The firm's national and increasingly global presence gives me a broad platform to develop a challenging practice serving a wide variety of clients at the highest level," Bayh said in a statement.

The McGuireWoods website notes its work helping clients navigate government regulations surrounding the economic stimulus and the health care law. Bayh's work will focus on the intersection of business and government.

"Senator Bayh will serve as a strategic advisor to the firm's most significant domestic and international clients, particularly those whose business goals are impacted by public policy, the actions of Congress, the executive branch, or by governors and legislatures across the country," the firm said in a statement.