SFRC Clears Gration, Patterson, Gavin, Shear, Johnson Cook, Tong, Also Clears Nominees to UNGA and WHO

The following executive nominations were cleared yesterday, Apr 12, 2011 by the Committee on Foreign Relations as reported by Mr. Kerry. Nominations will now go to the full Senate for a vote.

KENYA

Jonathan Scott Gration, of New Jersey, to be Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the United States of America to the Republic of Kenya.

TURKMENISTAN

Robert Patterson, of New York, a Career Member of the Senior Foreign Service, Class of Counselor, to be Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the United States of America to Turkmenistan.

BOTSWANA

Michelle D. Gavin, of the District of Columbia, to be Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the United States of America to the Republic of Botswana.

VIETNAM

David Bruce Shear, of New York, 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 Socialist Republic of Vietnam.

STATE DEPT/Religious Freedom

Suzan D. Johnson Cook, of New York, to be Ambassador at Large for International Religious Freedom, vice John V. Hanford III, resigned.

STATE DEPT/APEC

Kurt Walter Tong, of Maryland, a Career Member of the Senior Foreign Service, Class of Counselor, for the rank of Ambassador during his tenure of service as United States Senior Official for the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Forum.

UNGA

Joseph M. Torsella, of Pennsylvania, to be Representative of the United States of America to the United Nations for U.N. Management and Reform, with the rank of Ambassador.

Joseph M. Torsella, of Pennsylvania, to be Alternate Representative of the United States of America to the Sessions of the General Assembly of the United Nations, during his tenure of service as Representative of the United States of America to the United Nations for U.N. Management and Reform.

WHO

Nils Maarten Parin Daulaire, of Virginia, to be Representative of the United States on the Executive Board of the World Health Organization, vice Joxel Garcia.

Update: (thanks JL)
Before you get all excited, enter Senator Lindsey Graham (R-South Carolina) via http://twitter.com/GrahamBlog. 

Graham — No nominations go forward in Senate until we address CHS port. #scpol #sctweets #scports     12:37 PM Apr 12th  via Twitter for BlackBerry® 

Graham — Our provision was not an ‘earmark.’ It applied to a dozen ports across the US. #scport #scpol     12:32 PM Apr 12th  via Twitter for BlackBerry® 

Graham — 260K jobs in SC tied — directly and indirectly to operation of Port.    
12:24 PM Apr 12th  via Twitter for BlackBerry® 

Graham — Unfortunately, our language to allow Army Corp to begin CHS harbor deepening study was not included in CR. #scpol #scports    
12:22 PM Apr 12th  via Twitter for BlackBerry® 

 

Can you hear what I hear?  Senate hold and jam, coming up!

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