SFRC Clears 16 More Ambassador-Nominees

On July 28, 2009, the following nominations were reported out of committee by Senator Kerry of the Committee on Foreign Relations. These nominees are mostly for African posts (non-controversial and all that), so I expect that majority of these would get confirmation before the Senate breaks on August 7 for the summer.


Also, I have not heard of any Senator complained about human rights in Saudi Arabia so General James Smith’s nomination is probably safe from that Senate hold and jam that has currently snared NEA-boss designate, Jeffrey Feltman (for an entirely different reason). Um, don’t worry Senator Sam Brownback and 20 of his Senate friends are too busy working on banning mermaids and centaurs right now (S.1435, I kid you not!). Still, it might get a little tricky for the two WHA nominees (Honduras and ethanol issues if I remember right) … so we’ll be watching how this develops…

Arturo A. Valenzuela, of the District of
Columbia, to be an Assistant Secretary of
State (Western Hemisphere Affairs), vice
Thomas A. Shannon, Jr., resigned.

Thomas Alfred Shannon, Jr., of Virginia, a
Career Member of the Senior Foreign
Service, Class of Career Minister, to be
Ambassador Extraordinary and
Plenipotentiary of the United States of
America to the Federative Republic of Brazil.

Patricia A. Butenis, of Virginia, a Career
Member of the Senior Foreign Service, Class
of Minister-Counselor, to be Ambassador
Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the
United States of America to the Democratic
Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka, and to serve
concurrently and without additional
compensation as Ambassador Extraordinary
and Plenipotentiary of the United States of
America to the Republic of Maldives.

Charles Aaron Ray, of Maryland, a Career
Member of the Senior Foreign Service, Class
of Minister-Counselor, to be Ambassador
Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the
United States of America to the Republic of
Zimbabwe.

Gayleatha Beatrice Brown, of New Jersey, a
Career Member of the Senior Foreign
Service, Class of Minister-Counselor, to be
Ambassador Extraordinary and
Plenipotentiary of the United States of
America to Burkina Faso.

Earl Michael Irving, of California, a Career
Member of the Senior Foreign Service, Class
of Counselor, to be Ambassador
Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the
United States of America to the Kingdom of
Swaziland.

Pamela Jo Howell Slutz, of Texas, a Career
Member of the Senior Foreign Service, Class
of Minister-Counselor, to be Ambassador
Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the
United States of America to the Republic of
Burundi.

Patricia Newton Moller, of Arkansas, a Career
Member of the Senior Foreign Service, Class
of Minister-Counselor, to be Ambassador
Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the
United States of America to the Republic of
Guinea.

Jerry P. Lanier, of North Carolina, a Career
Member of the Senior Foreign Service, Class
of Counselor, to be Ambassador
Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the
United States of America to the Republic of
Uganda.

Alfonso E. Lenhardt, of New York, to be
Ambassador Extraordinary and
Plenipotentiary of the United States of
America to the United Republic of Tanzania.

Samuel Louis Kaplan, of Minnesota, to be
Ambassador Extraordinary and
Plenipotentiary of the United States of
America to the Kingdom of Morocco.

James B. Smith, of New Hampshire, to be
Ambassador Extraordinary and
Plenipotentiary of the United States of
America to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.

Miguel Humberto Diaz, of Minnesota, to be
Ambassador Extraordinary and
Plenipotentiary of the United States of
America to the Holy See

Fay Hartog-Levin, of Illinois, to be
Ambassador Extraordinary and
Plenipotentiary of the United States of
America to the Kingdom of the Netherlands.

Stephen J. Rapp, of Iowa, to be Ambassador at
Large for War Crimes Issues, vice John Clint
Williamson, resigned.

Donald Henry Gips, of Colorado, to be
Ambassador Extraordinary and
Plenipotentiary of the United States of
America to the Republic of South Africa.




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