Officially In: Kenneth E. Gross, Jr. to Dushanbe

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On June 19, President Barack Obama announced his intent to nominate Kenneth E. Gross, Jr. to be Ambassador to the Republic of Tajikistan. Official bio released by the WH below:

Kenneth Gross currently serves as a Career Development Officer for senior-level officers in the Bureau of Human Resources at the Department of State. A career Senior Foreign Service Officer, he joined the Department in 1987. His previous overseas diplomatic assignments include Principal Officer at the U.S. regional office in Basrah, Iraq, Deputy Chief of Mission in Dushanbe, Tajikistan, and tours in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, Kathmandu, Nepal, and Frankfurt, Germany.

Mr. Gross’s Washington assignments include Director of the Middle East Partnership Initiative Office, aviation negotiator in the Bureau of Economic and Business Affairs, and desk officer for Austria and Germany in the Bureau of European Affairs.

Mr. Gross earned a B.A. from Auburn University, a J.D. from the University of Georgia School of Law, and a M.S. from the National War College.

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If confirmed, Mr. Gross would succeed Tracy Ann Jacobson, a career diplomat appointed as US Ambassador to Tajikistan in 2006. Embassy Dushanbe was established Mar 13, 1992, with Edmund McWilliams as Chargé d’Affaires ad interim. No political appointee has ever succeeded in getting an appointment as US Ambassador to Tajikistan.


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Officially In: Teddy B. Taylor to Port Moresby and the Islands …

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On June 19, President Barack Obama announced his intent to nominate Teddy B. Taylor to be Ambassador to Papua New Guinea, the Solomon Islands and the Republic of Vanuatu. Official bio released by the WH below:

Teddy Taylor has served as Deputy Assistant Secretary of State in the Bureau of Human Resources since June 2006. Immediately prior to this post, Mr. Taylor was Director of the Office of Employee Relations in the Bureau of Human Resources. A career member of the Senior Foreign Service, Mr. Taylor began his diplomatic career in 1978. He has served as US Consul at the American Embassy in Budapest and the US Interest Section in Havana. Other assignments abroad include service as a consular officer at the US Embassies in Guatemala, Panama and Honduras.

Mr. Taylor’s domestic assignments include: Director of the Orientation Division at the Foreign Service Institute, Special Assistant in the Office of Visa Services in the Bureau of Consular Affairs, Deputy Examiner, Board of Foreign Service Examinations, Bureau of Human Resources, Deputy Director for East Asian and Pacific Assignments in the Bureau of Human Resources, Deputy Policy Officer for Latin America at the former United States Information Agency and Deputy Director of Press and Public Affairs in the Bureau of Western Hemisphere Affairs.

Mr. Taylor holds a BS from Florida A&M University and is a life member of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity.

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If confirmed, Mr. Taylor would succeed Leslie V. Rowe, a career diplomat who was appointed US Ambassador to PNG (also accredited to the Solomon Islands and Vanuatu) in 2006. Embassy in Port Moresby was established Sep 10, 1975. According to the Historian’s Office, only two non-career appointees had been adventurous enough to served in the islands so far.


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Officially In: Jerry P. Lanier to Kampala

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On June 19, President Barack Obama announced his intent to nominate Jerry P. Lanier to be Ambassador to the Republic of Uganda. Official bio released by the WH below:

Jerry P. Lanier is a career diplomat with 26 years of service in the Department of State. He is currently the Foreign Policy Advisor for U.S. Africa Command headquartered in Stuttgart, Germany. Prior to that, he was the Director of the Office of Regional and Security Affairs in the Africa Bureau at the State Department.

Mr. Lanier has also served in the Philippines, Kenya, Thailand, Bosnia-Herzegovina, and Ghana. At State he has served as the Special Assistant to the Assistant Secretary for African Affairs, country officer for the Republic of Korea, Legislative Management Officer for Africa, Deputy Director for the Office of West African Affairs, and Deputy Director for the Office Pakistan, Afghanistan, and Bangladesh Affairs.

He received his B.A. at Pembroke State University, his M.A. at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and served three years as lecturer in the history department of the University of North Carolina at Charlotte.

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If confirmed, Mr. Lanier would succeed Steven A. Browning, a career diplomat who was appointed US Ambassador to Uganda in 2005. Two political ambassadors served in Uganda in the 70’s but U.S. diplomatic personnel were withdrawn from Uganda in November 10, 1973. Embassy in Kampala was re-established on Jun 18, 1979, with David Halstead as Chargé d’Affaires ad interim. Since then, no political appointee has succeeded in getting an appointment as US Ambassador to Kampala.


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SFRC Hearings: Capricia Marshall, Daniel Rooney

COMMITTEE ON FOREIGN RELATIONS
UNITED STATES SENATE
111th Congress
1st Session


Date
: Wednesday, June 24, 2009
Time: 2:30 P.M.
Place: 419 Dirksen Senate Building
Presiding: Senator Kaufman


Nominees:

Capricia Penavic Marshall
to be Chief of Protocol, and to have the rank of
Ambassador during her tenure of service

Daniel M. Rooney
to be Ambassador to Ireland


To view the video of the confirmation hearings, click on the heading “NOMINATIONS” on this page and the Committee Channel should pop up. Click on names of nominees to open up the pdf files of their testimonies/opening statements.