On July 18, President Trump sent the nomination of four career diplomats for the personal rank of Career Ambassador to the U.S. Senate. The nominations have been placed on the Senate Executive Calendar on July 26.
The following-named Career Members of the Senior Foreign Service of the Department of State for the personal rank of Career Ambassador in recognition of especially distinguished service over a sustained period:
- Philip S. Goldberg, of DC
- David M. Hale, of NJ
- Michele Jeanne Sison, of MD
- Daniel Bennett Smith, of VA
On September 6, the U.S. Senate confirmed the four nominations and the State Department has its first Career Ambassadors under this administration.
2018-09-06 PN2319 Foreign Service | Nominations beginning Philip S. Goldberg, and ending Daniel Bennett Smith, which 4 nominations were received by the Senate and appeared in the Congressional Record on July 18, 2018.
Today marks a proud moment for the @StateDept. Four of our finest diplomats have been conferred by @POTUS as Career Ambassadors—the highest rank in the U.S. Foreign Service. Congratulations, Philip Goldberg, David Hale, Michele Sison & Dan Smith on this high honor. Much deserved! pic.twitter.com/KsLv58okt1
— Secretary Pompeo (@SecPompeo) September 13, 2018