On May 18, President Obama announced his intent to nominate Christopher W. Murray to be Ambassador to the Republic of the Congo. The WH released the following brief bio:
Christopher W. Murray is a career member of the Senior Foreign Service. He currently serves as Deputy Chief of Mission at the U.S. Mission to the European Union in Brussels. He previously served as Deputy Chief of Mission at the U.S. Embassies in Lebanon and in Algeria. His other overseas assignments include Syria, a prior posting in Brussels, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, and Jamaica. At the State Department in Washington he has served in the Bureaus of Nonproliferation, European Affairs, International Organizations, and African Affairs.
Murray received a B.A in Government from Lawrence University and a J.D. from Cornell Law School.
If confirmed, this would be Mr. Murray’s first ambassadorial appointment. He would succeed two times ambassador, Alan W. Eastham who was appointed to the US Embassy in Brazzaville in 2008.