Catherine Todd Bailey, a top fundraiser in the campaign to re-elect President George W. Bush, has been confirmed as the new U.S. ambassador to Latvia. Bailey’s was one of about 100 presidential nominations approved Nov. 20 by the U.S. Senate.
Bailey will replace Brian E. Carlson, who became ambassador in 2001.
Bailey, of Louisville, Ky., is the founder of Operation Open Arms, a charity that aids children whose mothers are in prison.
A top Kentucky Republican, Bailey is credited for raising more than USD 300,000 to help Bush, making her a “Ranger” in the campaign.
Bailey, who has not worked in the foreign service, was nominated by Bush on Sept. 8.
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