Friday, May 29, 2009

Officially In: Timothy J. Roemer to New Delhi

US Embassy New Delhi Chancery Source: State Department From the Secretary of State's Register of Culturally Significant Property

On May 27, President Barack Obama announced his intent to nominate Timothy J. Roemer, to be Ambassador to India. Official bio below: Mr. Roemer is President of the Center for National Policy (CNP) in Washington, D.C. Before joining CNP, he represented the 3rd District of Indiana for six terms as a U.S. Congressman, from 1991 to 2003. Congressman Roemer served as a member of the 9/11 Commission. He was appointed to the Commission on the Prevention of Weapons of Mass Destruction, Proliferation and Terrorism, a bi-partisan commission created by Congress to examine how the U.S. can best address this threat to the country’s national security. In addition, he serves on the Washington Institute for Near East Policy’s Presidential Task Force on Combating the Ideology of Radical Extremism, and the National Parks Second Century Commission. As a Distinguished Scholar at the Mercatus Center at George Mason University, Congressman Roemer works with Members of Congress and staff to improve public policy outcomes by teaching on the legislative branch and policy analysis. Congressman Roemer holds a B.A. from the University of California, San Diego and a M.A. and PhD. from the University of Notre Dame.

* * * on Timothy J. Roemer: “The former six-term Democratic congressman from Indiana was a member of the 9/11 Commission and provided Obama with a hearty endorsement during the contentious primary race with Hillary Clinton. He currently heads the Center for National Policy, a DC-based public policy organization, and has been nominated to be the ambassador to India. He has not made any personal campaign contributions to federal candidates, but he does appear in our Revolving Door database.”

The last three US ambassadors to India were all political appointees. Previous to that, we had three career diplomats who served consecutively there: Frank Wisner, Thomas R. Pickering and William Clark, Jr. If confirmed, Mr. Roemer will succeed David C. Mulford, appointed during George W. Bush’s second term.

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