Mark Gilbert Testifies before Senate Foreign Relations Committee
Mark Gilbert, President Obama’s choice to become U.S. Ambassador to New Zealand, formally accepted his nomination at a hearing before the Senate Committee on Foreign Relations.
Mr. Gilbert’s confirmation hearing was held on February 13, 2014 – along with nominees for Saudi Arabia, Yemen, and Kuwait.
Senators Tim Kaine (D-VA), James Risch (R-ID), and John Barrasso (R-WY) were in attendance. In his comments to the Committee, Gilbert said he could imagine no higher honor than to serve as ambassador to New Zealand and Samoa. Gilbert told the Committee he would use his background in global finance and investment to promote a stronger economic link between the countries.
Committee approval is expected by the end of February. Gilbert would replace former Ambassador David Huebner whose term ended last year.