32 State Department nominations advance to full Senate
At today’s Senate Foreign Relations Committee business meeting, Sen. John Kerry, D-MA, tabled the nomination of Matthew Bryza to be the next ambassador to Azerbaijan, deferring to a request for a delay from Sen. Barbara Boxer, D-CA. The Bryza nomination could come up again during the next meeting in September. But the committee did approve, ...
At today’s Senate Foreign Relations Committee business meeting, Sen. John Kerry, D-MA, tabled the nomination of Matthew Bryza to be the next ambassador to Azerbaijan, deferring to a request for a delay from Sen. Barbara Boxer, D-CA. The Bryza nomination could come up again during the next meeting in September.
But the committee did approve, with one unanimous voice vote, the nominations of 32 other would-be ambassadors and officials, sending them on to the full Senate. Among the notable names are Jim Jeffrey to be envoy to Iraq, Frank Ricciardone to be ambassador to Turkey, current U.N. deputy representative Alejandro D. Wolff to be ambassador to Chile, Holbrooke deputy Paul Jones to be ambassador to Malaysia, and deputy assistant secretary for East Asian and Pacific Affairs Scot Marciel to be the next envoy to Indonesia.
Full list after the jump:
1. Peter Michael McKinley to be Ambassador to the Republic of Colombia
2. Rose M. Likins to be Ambassador to the Republic of Peru
3. Mark Feierstein to be Assistant Administrator (Latin America and the Caribbean) of the United States Agency for International Development
4. Mimi E. Alemayehou to be Executive Vice President of the Overseas Private Investment Corporation
5. Christopher W. Murray to be Ambassador to the Republic of the Congo
6. Mark Charles Storella to be Ambassador to the Republic of Zambia
7. James Frederick Entwistle to be Ambassador to the Democratic Republic of the Congo
8. J. Thomas Dougherty to be Ambassador to Burkina Faso
9. Eric D. Benjaminson to be Ambassador to Gabon & to serve concurrently as Ambassador to Sao Tome & Principe
10. Phillip Carter III to be Ambassador to Cote-d’Ivoire
11. Michael S. Owen to be Ambassador to the Republic of Sierra Leone
12. Laurence D. Wohlers to be Ambassador to the Central African Republic
13. Richard M. Lobo to be Director of the International Broadcasting Bureau, BBG
14. Patrick S. Moon to be Ambassador to Bosnia and Herzegovina
15. Luis E. Arreaga-Rodas to be Ambassador to the Republic of Iceland
16. Daniel Bennett Smith to be Ambassador to Greece
17. Scot Alan Marciel to be Ambassador to the Republic of Indonesia
19. Helen Patricia Reed-Rowe to be Ambassador to the Republic of Palau
20. Paul W. Jones to be Ambassador to Malaysia
21. Nisha Desai Biswal to be an Assistant Administrator of the United States Agency for International Development (USAID)
22. James Franklin Jeffrey to be Ambassador to the Republic of Iraq
23. Maura Connelly to be Ambassador to the Republic of Lebanon
24. Gerald M. Feierstein to be Ambassador to the Republic of Yemen
25. Francis Joseph Ricciardone Jr. to be Ambassador to the Republic of Turkey
26. Robert M. Orr to be U.S. Director of the Asian Development Bank with the rank of Ambassador
27. Alejandro D. Wolff to be Ambassador to Chile
28. Pamela Bridgewater Awkard to be Ambassador to Jamaica
29. Phyllis Powers to be Ambassador to Panama
30. Terrence McCulley to be Ambassador to Nigeria
31. Michele T. Bond to be Ambassador to Lesotho
32. Robert P. Jackson to be Ambassador to Cameroon
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