Officially In: John B. Emerson — From Capital Group to the Federal Republic of Germany

—By Domani Spero


On June 14, President Obama announced his intent to nominate John B. Emerson to be the next Ambassador to the Federal Republic of Germany. The WH released the following brief bio:

John B. Emerson is President of Private Client Services for the Capital Group Companies, a global investment management firm.  From 1994 to 1997, Mr. Emerson served as Deputy Assistant to the President and Deputy Director of Intergovernmental Affairs at the White House.  From 1993 to 1994, he was Deputy Assistant to the President and Deputy Director of Presidential Personnel at the White House.  From 1987 to 1992, he was the Los Angeles Chief Deputy City Attorney.  He began his career in 1978 as an attorney with Manatt, Phelps, Rothenberg, and Tunney in Los Angeles.  Mr. Emerson is a Member of the Advisory Committee for Trade Policy and Negotiations, a position he has held since his appointment in 2010.   He served as Chairman of the LA Mayor’s Council on the Arts from 2004 to 2005.

Mr. Emerson received an A.B. from Hamilton College and a J.D. from the University of Chicago. listed Mr. Emerson as one of President Obama’s bundlers who raiser over $500,000 in the 2012 campaign. According to Roll Call, Mr. Emerson was also the 2012 co-chairman of the DNC’s Southern California finance committee.  The couple’s bio via PCIP says that Mr. Emerson’s wife, Kimberly Marteau Emerson is an attorney and civic leader who served in the Clinton Administration as Director of Public Liaison for the U.S.  Information Agency (USIA), where she was the domestic spokesperson, and traveled as the senior USIA political liaison on President Clinton’s overseas trips to the Far East, Europe, Russia and the former Soviet Union.

If confirmed, Mr. Emerson would replace Philip D. Murphy, a former Goldman Sachs executive and former National Finance Chair of the Democratic National Committee who was appointed to the US Embassy Berlin in September 2009.  According to the AFSA statistics, non-career ambassadors make up 70.6% of all ambassadorial appointments to Germany since 1960



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