Frank Fahrenkopf, who has served as chief executive officer of the casino industry's national lobbying group since it was formed in 1995, is stepping down June 30, he announced Monday.

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His departure from the American Gaming Association is no surprise. The AGA has been working on a succession plan for two years and reached an agreement with Fahrenkopf in December 2011 when he would leave. A search will be conducted for his replacement.

After he steps down, Fahrenkopf will be retained as an AGA consultant at least through the end of the year to assist with the transition in leadership.

Fahrenkopf has acted as chief spokesman and lobbyist for the commercial casinos, representing the gambling industry in Washington and across the country during its explosive growth over recent years.

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