The US Senate confirms Julissa Reynoso as the new ambassador to Spain

The United States Senate has confirmed Julissa Reynoso Pantaleon as the new ambassador to Spain and Andorra, as reflected in the minutes of the session of the Upper House of the US Congress, collected on her official Twitter account.

Similarly, the confirmation of Mark Gitenstein as the new United States representative to the European Union has also been made official after the vote held late on Friday. Diplomatic posts have also been ratified for former Chicago mayor Rahm Emmanuel, who will serve as the new ambassador to Japan, and for Denise Campbell Bauer as the new US ambassador to France.

Reynoso served in addition to as an advisor to the president, Joe Biden, as chief of staff to the first lady, Jill Biden, and has served as co-chair of the White House Council on Gender Policy.

Likewise, she has experience at the head of an embassy since she was the head of the United States diplomatic mission in Uruguay, as well as has been undersecretary of state in the Office of Western Hemisphere Affairs, according to the White House in a statement.

Reynoso, whose candidacy for extraordinary and plenipotentiary ambassador of the Kingdom of Spain and the Principality of Andorra was made official in July, has also published widely in English and Spanish on a series of topics such as comparative law, regulatory reform, organization community, immigration policy and Latin American policy.

The nomination of the ambassador was subject to a temporary blockade by the Republican senator Marco Rubio, of Cuban origin, considering that he is an “apologist for (Fidel) Castro’s regime” and therefore “would not pressure Spain to increase the pressure against the authoritarian regimes of Cuba, Nicaragua and Venezuela “.

On his side, Mark Gitenstein, has been the main advisor and member of the advisory committee of the presidential transition of Biden, whom he already accompanied on his entry as vice president. He also has experience heading an embassy, ​​as he led the US embassy in Romania, where he focused on fighting corruption and preserving democratic institutions.


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