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Trump tapping Scott Brown as Ambassador to New Zealand

Former Mass. Senator will need Senate confirmation

David Tanklefsky
April 20, 2017 - 12:07 pm

President Donald Trump intends to nominate former Massachusetts Senator Scott Brown for the post of Ambassador to New Zealand, according to a statement released by the White House Thursday.

Brown suprised the political world in 2010 when he defeated Martha Coakley in the special election for Ted Kennedy's Senate seat. He became the first Republican elected to the U.S. Senate from Massachusetts in nearly 40 years. In 2012, he was defeated by current Massachusetts Senator Elizabeth Warren. In his most recent foray into national politics, we was defeated by Democrat Jeanne Shaheen in the 2014 New Hampshire Senate race.

Brown was a fairly early supporter of President Trump, endorsing him in February of last year.

A long time member of the Army National Guard, Brown was at one point considered a candidate to be named head of the Veterans Administration, a role his former opponent Warren even said she would support him in. The president ultimately appointed David Shulkin to run the V.A.

Brown will need to be confirmed by the Senate before he can officially become the New Zealand ambassador.

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