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Senate Confirms Former Sen. Scott Brown as New Zealand's US Ambassador

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    Senate Confirms Former Sen. Scott Brown as New Zealand's US Ambassador
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    Former Senator Scott Brown, a Republican from Massachusetts, speaks to members of the media in the lobby of Trump Tower in New York, on Monday, Nov. 21, 2016. President-elect Donald Trump resumed meetings with potential candidates for his administration Monday in New York as his transition office announced additional liaison groups that will work with federal agencies ahead of his January inauguration.

    The Senate has confirmed former Sen. Scott Brown as U.S. ambassador to New Zealand.

    The vote Thursday was 94-4.

    Brown is a Republican who represented Massachusetts in the Senate from 2010 to 2013. He won a special election to fill the seat held by the late Democratic Sen. Ted Kennedy, a Democrat.

    Brown lost the seat to Democratic Sen. Elizabeth Warren, and in 2014, he lost a Senate race in New Hampshire to Democratic Sen. Jeanne Shaheen.

    There are 188 ambassador jobs. Roughly a third are filled by political appointees and the rest by career foreign service officers. President Donald Trump had made 11 ambassador appointments as of Monday, according to the American Foreign Service Association, which tracks appointments.

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