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President Biden announced his intent to nominate former U.S. Ambassador to Belgium and Women for Biden Executive Director Denise Campbell Bauer to be the next Ambassador to France and Monaco. The WH released the following brief bio:
Denise Campbell Bauer, Nominee for Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary to the French Republic and to the Principality of Monaco
Denise Campbell Bauer is an experienced diplomat, non-profit leader, and advocate for women’s voices in politics and policy. She served as the United States Ambassador to the Kingdom of Belgium from August 2013 until January 2017, where she led one of the largest embassies in Europe and earned a reputation for her collaborative leadership style, high ethics standards, and crisis management skills. In that role, she focused on building transatlantic security partnerships and expanding international trade.
Bauer began her career in Los Angeles, where she worked as a journalist for two internationally respected television networks. She went on to serve in leadership roles for a number of non-profits.
In 2019, Bauer became the Executive Director of Women for Biden, a nationwide network of women that organized and mobilized to elect President Biden. In 2012, she served in a similar role for the Obama-Biden presidential campaign, while also chairing the Women’s Leadership Forum for the Democratic National Committee. Upon returning from Brussels in 2017, she re-engaged in politics, focusing on supporting women running for office for the first time.
Bauer received a B.A. in Political Science from Occidental College. She speaks French.
If confirmed, Ambassador Bauer would succeed Jamie D. McCourt who served as Trump’s ambassador to Paris from December 18, 2017–January 20, 2021. McCourt was originally nominated as Ambassador to Belgium. That nomination was withdrawn and she was later nominated as Ambassador to France.
Ambassador Bauer will join a long list of political donors who end up as the top diplomat representing the United States in Paris. The last career diplomat confirmed for this position according to history.state.gov is Arthur Adair Hartman (1926–2015) who served as Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary from July 7, 1977–October 14, 1981.
Some thematic observations from diplomatic/donor appointments so far:
1. It helps to have backed Biden from the very start (Denise Bauer)
2. It also helps to have raised a lot of money (Jane Hartley) https://t.co/mus4MAfGbV
— Shane Goldmacher (@ShaneGoldmacher) July 16, 2021
Those offering their help to Biden include former colleagues like Denise Bauer, former United States Ambassador to Belgium and longtime Obama fundraiser who raised more than $4 million for his presidential campaigns https://t.co/Iszxzjn5IW
— POLITICO (@politico) March 22, 2019
— Didier Reynders (@dreynders) January 11, 2017