Senate Confirms 14 Ambassador Nominees, Others Are Stuck For Now

Posted: 7:31 pm EDT
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In the early evening of August 5, 2015, the U.S. Senate confirmed the following executive nominees by voice vote:

Executive Calendar # 198 David Hale, of New Jersey, to be Ambassador to the Islamic Republic of Pakistan.

Executive Calendar #199 Atul Keshap, of Virginia, to be Ambassador to the Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka, and to serve concurrently and without additional compensation as Ambassador to the Republic of Maldives.

Executive Calendar #200 Alaina B. Teplitz, of Illinois, to be Ambassador to the Federal Democratic Republic of Nepal.

Executive Calendar #201 William A. Heidt, of Pennsylvania, to be Ambassador to the Kingdom of Cambodia.

Executive Calendar #202 Glyn Townsend Davies, of the District of Columbia, to be Ambassador to the Kingdom of Thailand.

Executive Calendar #203 Jennifer Zimdahl Galt, of Colorado, to be Ambassador to Mongolia.

Executive Calendar #256 Sheila Gwaltney, of California, to be Ambassador to the Kyrgyz Republic.

Executive Calendar #257 Perry L. Holloway, of South Carolina, to be Ambassador to the Co-operative Republic of Guyana.

Executive Calendar #258 Kathleen Ann Doherty, of New York, to be Ambassador to the Republic of Cyprus.

Executive Calendar #259 Hans G. Klemm, of Michigan, to be Ambassador to Romania.

Executive Calendar #260 James Desmond Melville, Jr., of New Jersey, to be Ambassador to the Republic of Estonia.

Executive Calendar #261 Peter F. Mulrean, of Massachusetts, to be Ambassador to the Republic of Haiti.

Executive Calendar #262 Laura Farnsworth Dogu, of Texas, to be Ambassador to the Republic of Nicaragua.

Executive Calendar #264 Paul Wayne Jones, of Maryland, to be Ambassador to the Republic of Poland.

Executive Calendar #265 Michele Thoren Bond, of the District of Columbia, to be an Assistant Secretary of State (Consular Affairs).

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That’s it until September.  The Senate notes that “By unanimous consent, all the nominations received by the Senate during the 114th Congress, first session, remain in status quo, notwithstanding the provisions of rule XXXI, paragraph 6, of the Standing Rules of the Senate.” The following nominees were cleared by the Senate Foreign Relations Committee but were not confirmed by the full Senate at this time:

  • Cassandra Q. Butts, of the District of Columbia, to be Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the United States of America to the Commonwealth of The Bahamas (cleared by the SFRC on May 21)
  • Azita Raji, of California, to be Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the United States of America to the Kingdom of Sweden. (cleared by the SFRC on June 10)
  • Brian James Egan, of Maryland, to be Legal Adviser of the Department of State, vice Harold Hongju Koh, resigned. (cleared by the SFRC on June 25)
  • Dr. Sarah Mendelson, of the District of Columbia, to be Representative of the U.S. on the Economic and Social Council of the U.N., with the rank of Ambassador, and Alternate Representative of the U.S. to the General Assembly of the U.N. (cleared by the SFRC on July 29)
  • Mr. Samuel D. Heins, of Minnesota, to be Ambassador to the Kingdom of Norway (cleared by the SFRC on July 29)
  • Ms. Gayle Smith, of Ohio, to be Administrator of the United States Agency for International Development (cleared by the SFRC on July 29)
  • Thomas O. Melia, of Maryland, to be an Assistant Administrator of the United States Agency for International Development, vice Paige Eve Alexander, resigned. (cleared by the SFRC on July 29)

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