Ted Kennedy widow Victoria named as Austria's US ambassador

AFP - [email protected] • 22 Jul, 2021 Updated Thu 22 Jul 2021 18:19 CEST
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Victoria Reggie Kennedy, with former first lady Michelle Obama. Photo: JIM WATSON / AFP

US President Joe Biden is nominating Victoria Kennedy, the widow of late senator Ted Kennedy, as ambassador to Austria, the White House announced Wednesday.

He has also nominated political fundraiser David Cohen, a senior advisor to Comcast's CEO, as ambassador to Canada.

Kennedy, whose husband was a member of the famed political dynasty which included former president John F. Kennedy, is a gun-control advocate and senior counsel in the corporate and securities practice group at Greenberg Traurig law firm.

She is also the co-founder and president of the Edward M. Kennedy Institute for the United States Senate, a non-partisan non-profit that educates the public about the Senate.

Kennedy was additionally a longtime board member of the Brady Center to Prevent Gun violence.

Ted Kennedy, who died in 2009, was not only the younger brother of the former president but also late senator Bobby Kennedy -- both of whom were murdered in the 1960s. He served in the US senate for decades alongside Biden.

The White House additionally announced that Biden nominated federal litigation attorney Jamie Harpootlian as ambassador to Slovenia.



AFP 2021/07/22 18:19

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