US Senate confirms Roemer as next envoy

US Senate confirms Roemer as next envoy

His nomination was announced by the White House on May 28

 The confirmation was made by the Senate on Friday after lawmakers approved Roemer’s nomination by unanimous consent. A former US lawmaker from Indiana and a member of the 9/11 Commission, 53-year-old Roemer is currently the head of a Washington-based think tank “Center for National Policy.” Roemer had testified before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee on Wednesday, which confirmed his nomination the following day. The Senate accelerated his nomination process so that he could be in New Delhi before Clinton’s proposed visit to India.

The nomination of Roemer, who is expected to leave for New Delhi soon, as the US Ambassador to India was officially announced by the White House on May 28 and sent to the Senate on June 11. Roemer is considered close to President Barack Obama and was among the first few Democrats to support his run for US Presidency. Before joining CNP, Roemer represented the 3rd District of Indiana as a Congressman from 1991 to 2003 and was appointed by former President George W Bush as a member of the 9/11 Commission.

He was appointed to the Commission on Prevention of Weapons of Mass Destruction, Proliferation and Terrorism, a bi-partisan commission created by Congress to examine how the US can best address this threat to national security.

In addition, he serves at  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.

Distinguished scholar

As a distinguished scholar at the Mercatus Center at George Mason University, Roemer works with Members of the Congress and staff to improve public policy outcomes by teaching on the legislative branch and policy analysis. Roemer holds a BA from the University of California, San Diego and an MA and PhD from the University of Notre Dame.

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