Louisville's Barzun tapped as ambassador to Britain
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- The White House says President Obama has picked the finance chairman for his re-election campaign to be the U.S. ambassador to Britain.
He's Louisville's Matthew Barzun, a business executive and Internet entrepreneur. He has been confirmed by the Senate once before. Barzun, 42, served as U.S. ambassador to Sweden until 2011, when he took the position as Obama's finance chairman. Barzun is married to Brooke Lee Brown of the Brown-Forman family.
Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer and Congressman John Yarmuth, (D) Ky. 3rd district, praised Barzun's appointment.
"I'm so happy for Matthew and his family. I know he will again represent our nation with honor and distinction at his new post in London, where he will continue a proud tradition of Kentuckians selected for this prestigious ambassadorship," Yarmuth said in a news release.
The White House says Obama is also nominating John Phillips, an attorney who raised more than $500,000 for Obama's 2012 campaign, to be the U.S. envoy to Italy and the Republic of San Marino. He's currently the chairman of Obama's commission that selects candidates to be White House Fellows.
John Hoover, a veteran U.S. diplomat who served in Africa, Asia and Europe, is Obama's pick for Sierra Leone.
All three appointments await confirmation from the U.S. Senate. The appointment for Britain often goes to those who raise money for presidents' campaigns. Barzun's appointment had been speculated upon since March, according to various reports.
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