U.S. Senate Makes Minor Dent in Logjam, Confirms Lewis (PM), Robinson (INL), Phee (AF), Medina (OES), Donfried (EUR)

Updated: 9/29/21

Senate Confirms Amb. Daniel Kritenbrink as Asst Secretary For East Asian and Pacific Affairs (EAP)

 

 

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Confirmations: Donald Lu (SCA), Brian Nichols (WHA), Brett M. Holmgren (INR)

The U.S. Senate confirmed by voice vote two nominees for the State Department’s geographic bureau and one nominee for the functional bureau.
2021-09-13 PN551 Department of State | Donald Lu, of California, a Career Member of the Senior Foreign Service, Class of Minister-Counselor, to be Assistant Secretary of State for South Asian Affairs (SCA).
2021-09-13 PN268 Department of State | Brian A. Nichols, of Rhode Island, a Career Member of the Senior Foreign Service, Class of Career Minister, to be an Assistant Secretary of State (Western Hemisphere Affairs).
2021-09-13 PN273 Department of State | Brett M. Holmgren, of Minnesota, to be an Assistant Secretary of State (Intelligence and Research).

 

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Senate Confirms Ex-Senator Ken Salazar as Ambassador to Mexico, Then Left Town

 

 

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Confirmations: Bitter (State/M/CA), Smith (State/M/DS), Fernandez (State/E), FS Lists

 

The following nominations were confirmed by voice vote on August 9, 2021.
2021-08-09 PN493 Department of State | Rena Bitter, of the District of Columbia, a Career Member of the Senior Foreign Service, Class of Minister-Counselor, to be an Assistant Secretary of State (Consular Affairs).
2021-08-09 PN495 Department of State | Gentry O. Smith, of Virginia, to be an Assistant Secretary of State (Diplomatic Security).
2021-08-06 PN251 International Bank for Reconstruction and Development | Jose W. Fernandez, of New York, to be United States Alternate Governor of the International Bank for Reconstruction and Development for a term of five years; United States Alternate Governor of the Inter-American Development Bank for a term of five years.
2021-08-06 PN252 European Bank for Reconstruction and Development | Jose W. Fernandez, of New York, to be United States Alternate Governor of the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development.
2021-08-06 PN253 Department of State | Jose W. Fernandez, of New York, to be an Under Secretary of State (Economic Growth, Energy, and the Environment).
FS LISTS:
2021-08-09 PN357-2 Foreign Service | Nomination for Mark W. Libby, which nomination was received by the Senate and appeared in the Congressional Record on April 13, 2021.
2021-08-09 PN358-2 Foreign Service | Nomination for Maureen E. Cormack, which nomination was received by the Senate and appeared in the Congressional Record on April 13, 2021.

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The Senate’s tentative schedule indicates August 9 – September 10 as “State Work Period”.
There are at least 25 State Department (14), USAID (3), and ambassador nominations (8) listed on the Executive Calendar (PDF) waiting for full Senate confirmation. With the Senate still wrestling with the Infrastructure and Jobs Act, it remains to be seen if the body would confirm the rest of the names on their Calendar before heading home for the summer break.

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Confirmations: 64 FS Nominations From Six Foreign Service Lists

 

On July 29, the U.S. Senate confirmed the nominations of 64 officers from six Foreign Service lists pending from April and June of this year. Click on links to see the names:
2021-07-29 PN359 Foreign Service | Nominations beginning Jeanne Frances Bailey, and ending Bruce J. Zanin, which 2 nominations were received by the Senate and appeared in the Congressional Record on April 13, 2021.
2021-07-29 PN477 Foreign Service | Nominations beginning Russell Anthony Duncan, and ending Mark Clayton Prescott, which 2 nominations were received by the Senate and appeared in the Congressional Record on April 27, 2021.
2021-07-29 PN478 Foreign Service | Nomination for Marc Clayton Gilkey, which nomination was received by the Senate and appeared in the Congressional Record on April 27, 2021.
2021-07-29 PN479 Foreign Service | Nominations beginning Susannah Holmes, and ending Aaron Rodgers, which 4 nominations were received by the Senate and appeared in the Congressional Record on April 27, 2021.
2021-07-29 PN724 Foreign Service | Nominations beginning Gabriel J. Allison, and ending Amanda M. Zeidan, which 41 nominations were received by the Senate and appeared in the Congressional Record on June 22, 2021.
2021-07-29 PN727 Foreign Service | Nominations beginning Wade C. Martin, and ending Fernando Ospina, which 14 nominations were received by the Senate and appeared in the Congressional Record on June 22, 2021.

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Senate Confirms Bonnie D. Jenkins as Under Secretary of State for Arms Control and International Security (State/T)

 

 

The U.S. Senate finally confirmed the nomination of Bonnie D. Jenkins to be the State Department’s Under Secretary of State for Arms Control and International Security (State/T). Her nomination was received by the Senate on March 15, and she had her confirmation hearing in late April . It took the Senate until July 21st to have a full vote for this nomination. She was confirmed by the Senate by Yea-Nay Vote. 52 – 48. Record Vote Number: 275. Senators Collins (R-ME), and Paul (R-KY) joined the Democrats in confirming this nominee.
Ambassador Jenkins succeeds Andrea L. Thompson who was appointed in 2018 and left her position the following year (see Pompeo Announces Departure of Andrea Thompson as Under Secretary for Arms Control and International Security).  With the exception of career diplomats Reginald Bartholomew (1989–1992) and Frank G. Wisner II (1992–1993), all other appointees to the “T” bureau were political appointees. Click here for the names of previous appointees.
In May 2020, the Trump WH announced the nomination of Marshall Billingslea to State/T but that nomination was returned to the president in January 2021. (see New Arms Control Special Envoy Marshall Billingslea Now Nominated as Under Secretary for Arms Control and International Security (T).

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U.S. Senate Confirms 203 Senior Foreign Service Promotions

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On June 24, the U.S. Senate confirmed 203 nominees for Senior Foreign Service promotions:

2021-06-24 PN357-1 Foreign Service | Nominations beginning Deanna Hanek Abdeen, and ending Ellen K. Tannor, which 203 nominations were received by the Senate and appeared in the Congressional Record on April 13, 2021.

Nominees: PN357-1 — 117th Congress (2021-2022)All Information

The following-named Career Members of the Senior Foreign Service of the Department of State for promotion within the Senior Foreign Service of the United States of America, Class of Minister-Counselor:

Nominee

  • Deanna Hanek Abdeen, of VA
  • Begzat Bix Aliu, of VA
  • Jorgan Kendal Andrews, of VA
  • Mary Emma Arnold, of VA
  • Jennifer L. Bachus, of VA
  • Lance M. Bailey, of VA
  • Nicholas R. Berliner, of VA
  • Tobin J. Bradley, of DC
  • Katherine Ann Brucker, of DC
  • Robert G. Burgess, of DC
  • Michelle Ann Burton, of WA
  • Kelly S. Cecil, of FL
  • Ricardo Cifredo Colon, of VA
  • Angela Colyvas-McGinnis, of MD
  • Kathryn Taylor Crockart, of NC
  • Jill E. Darken, of IL
  • James R. Dayringer, of MO
  • Marc Douglas Dillard, of VA
  • James Edward Donegan, of VA
  • Kurt D. Donnelly, of VA
  • Abigail Lee Dressel, of CT
  • Patrick M. Dunn, of VA
  • David S. Elmo, of VA
  • Gabriel Escobar, of TX
  • Yuri P. Fedorenko, of MI
  • Tara Elizabeth Feret, of VA
  • Julie Davis Fisher, of VA
  • Kathleen A. Fitzgibbon, of VA
  • J. Robert Garverick, of VA
  • Jennifer Gavito, of MO
  • Ellen J. Germain, of NY
  • Carolyn B. Glassman, of CA
  • Ryan M. Gliha, of AZ
  • Michael Gonzales, of MD
  • Robert F. Hannan, of VA
  • Keith Lee Heffern, of VA
  • Christina Maria Huth Higgins, of VA
  • Melanie Harris Higgins, of VA
  • Elizabeth K. Horst, of DC
  • Paul R. Houston, of VA
  • Bryan D. Hunt, of VA
  • David R. Johnson, of MN
  • Mark Coolidge Johnson, of VA
  • Karen D. Kelley, of HI
  • Martin T. Kelly, of FL
  • Angela M. Kerwin, of VA
  • Cynthia A. Kierscht, of VA
  • Margaret Kurtz-Randall, of NY
  • Helen Grace LaFave, of NH
  • Daniel J. Lawton, of VA
  • Panfilo Marquez, of CA
  • Paul Overton Mayer, of VA
  • Joshua D. McDavid, of WA
  • John W. McIntyre, of TX
  • Deborah Rutledge Mennuti, of DC
  • Jonathan Robert Mennuti, of DC
  • Mario McGwinn Mesquita, of VA
  • Herro K. Mustafa, of CA
  • George M. Navadel, of TX
  • J. Robert Post, of DC
  • Timothy Meade Richardson, of MD
  • Karen Hideko Sasahara, of VA
  • Jonathan L. Shrier, of NY
  • Michael H. Smith, of ME
  • Willard Tenney Smith, of VA
  • Thomas D. Smitham, of MD
  • Howard T. Solomon, of MI
  • Linda S. Specht, of RI
  • Ellen Barbara Thorburn, of FL
  • Christina Tomlinson, of VA
  • Pamela M. Tremont, of VA
  • Hale Colburn VanKoughnett, of DC
  • Lesslie C. Viguerie, of VA
  • Peter H. Vrooman, of NY
  • JoAnne Wagner, of VA
  • Eva Anne Weigold Schultz, of VA
  • Aleisha Woodward, of VA
  • Marta Costanzo Youth, of MD
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U.S. Senate Confirms Former @USUN Amb. Samantha Power as 19th @USAID Administrator

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On April 28, the U.S. Senate confirmed the nomination of former U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Samantha Power as the 19th USAID Administrator. She succeeds Mark Green who served as USAID Administrator under the Trump Administration from August 7, 2017 – April 10, 2020.
Excerpt below from her prepared testimony at her confirmation hearing:

“If confirmed, I will work to strengthen the institution of USAID and invest in the capabilities of the Agency’s dedicated 10,000 foreign service officers, civil servants, locally-employed staff, contractors, and other personnel. This means seeking out and amplifying their insights, learning about specific local needs, and adapting our programs. It means urgently addressing the issues relating to diversity, equity, inclusion, and advancement within USAID’s workforce. And it means emphasizing what President Biden himself has stressed: Development is critical to America’s ability to tackle the toughest problems of our time—economic, humanitarian and geopolitical. 

In consultation with you and others in Congress, I will aim to ensure that USAID enhances its longstanding leadership in food security, education, women’s empowerment, and global health, while also addressing four interconnected and gargantuan challenges confronting the world at this moment:

● The COVID-19 pandemic: With decades of development gains shattered by COVID, imperiling progress on everything from food security to gender equality and access to education, USAID’s support to partners will be vital for recovery, including by building more robust and durable health infrastructure for the future.

● Climate Change: With the surge in droughts, storms, food shortages, and climate-associated humanitarian emergencies, USAID can help countries become more resilient, while supporting their efforts to reduce carbon emissions.

● Conflict and state collapse: With more conflicts occurring today than at any point since the end of the Cold War, USAID assistance will continue to mitigate suffering, while working with US diplomats and our international partners to address the root causes of such crises.

● Democratic backsliding: With freedom declining around the world for the fifteenth year in a row, USAID’s democracy, rights, anti-corruption, and governance programming must nimbly support democratic and civil society actors as they push back against creeping authoritarianism and seek to build lasting democratic institutions.

In tackling these and other challenges, I want to assure the Committee that I will work every day to expand burden-sharing in the international system. At the United Nations, working with my administration colleagues, I was able to help secure major commitments from other countries to care for refugees, respond to the Ebola epidemic, strengthen peacekeeping, and adopt the Sustainable Development Goals. US investments are catalysts that can be used to mobilize governments, international organizations, foundations, and businesses to help countries achieve their own development goals.

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Senate Confirms Wendy Sherman as @StateDept Deputy Secretary

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