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Obama to Nominate Baucus as New China Ambassador

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Sen. Max Baucus will soon retire from Congress, but Democratic officials say he could step into one of the nation's most important diplomatic posts.

Officials say President Obama intends to nominate Baucus as ambassador to China.

As per any ambassador, the Senate would need to confirm Baucus' appointment.

He would replace current ambassador Gary Locke who announced he is stepping down last month.

Baucus Spokeswoman, Kathy Weber, would not confirm, saying it's up to the White House to make the announcement.

She did say the Senator is a 'smart choice for the position'.

Weber compared Baucus to his mentor, former Senator Mike Mansfield, saying he truly understands the importance of U.S. relationships in Asia.

Baucus holds an important seat as chairman of the Senate Finance Committee.

He was also once chair of the Congressional-Executive Commission on China and is still a member.

If Baucus was confirmed before the end of his term, he would resign from his seat in the Senate and Governor Steve Bullock would be in charge of filling it. 

Bullock could possibly appoint his Lieutenant Governor John Walsh to the position.

Walsh is already pursuing the soon-to-be vacant seat in the 2014 election.

The Senate seat would still be up for grabs in 2014.

 

 

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