Claire Cronin – From Massachusetts Legislature to U.S. Embassy Ireland

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On June 23, President Joe Biden announced his intent to nominate 17 individuals to serve in key roles in his administration. Among those announced was his nominee to be U.S. Ambassador to Ireland. The WH released a brief bio:

Claire Cronin, Nominee for Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary to Ireland

Claire Cronin currently serves as a Representative, and as Majority Leader, in the legislature of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. During her service as a legislator, Cronin was also Vice Chair, and then Chair, of the Committee on the Judiciary. As Chair of the Committee Cronin was the architect of significant pieces of legislation, including major criminal justice reform and police reform. Cronin has also served since 2003 as a Mediator/Arbitrator for Commonwealth Mediation in Brockton, MA. Prior to her election as Representative, Cronin maintained the Law Office of Claire Cronin in Brockton, Massachusetts.  Earlier she was first a law clerk, and then an Associate Attorney at Wynn & Wynn, P.C. in Raynham, Massachusetts.  Before that she worked in Liaison and Constituent Services in the Office of Massachusetts Governor, Edward King.  Cronin earned her B.A. from Stonehill College and her J.D. degree from Suffolk University.  She is the recipient of multiple honors and awards including the Jewish Community Relations Council Legislative Leadership Award (2020) and the Emerge Massachusetts 2020 Woman of the Year.

If confirmed, Ms. Cronin would succeed Edward F. Crawford who served from July 1, 2019 – January 19, 2021.  Since 1960 when AFSA started tracking these appointments, there had been 20 ambassadors appointed to Dublin. No career diplomat has ever been nominated to this post; senior career diplomats have served at this post as Chargé d’Affaires ad interim typically pending the nomination and confirmation of the nominees.

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