US President Barack Obama announced on January 20 that he was nominating Theodor Sedgwick to become the country’s new Ambassador to Slovakia, the TASR newswire was informed by the press attaché of the US Embassy in Slovakia, Chase Beamer. Obama will present his nominee to the US Senate which, after holding a hearing on Sedgwick’s nomination, will decide on his confirmation.
After confirmation and taking his oath of office, Sedgwick will arrive in Slovakia to hand over his credentials to Slovak President Ivan Gašparovič. Beamer could not estimate how long this could last but he thought the Senate hearing would take place in February.
Currently, Theodore Sedgwick is a publisher of expert publications about wood processing and trading. He lives in Virginia and in 2008 supported Democratic Party candidates and helped collect funds for Obama’s campaign.
He bought the informational bulletin he originally worked for and later founded a publishing house focusing on energy issues, defence, and the environment, and an energy information company called Io Energy.
The position of US Ambassador in Slovakia is among the last of the diplomatic posts in Europe to be filled. Former Ambassador Vincent Obsitnik, who was nominated by George W. Bush, left Slovakia in January 2009, on the day of Obama’s inauguration, the ČTK newswire wrote. TASR, ČTK
Compiled by Zuzana Vilikovská from press reports
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21. Jan 2010 at 14:00