Appointments

• President Obama has nominated former Rep. Brad Carson (D-Okla.) to be the general counsel of the Army. Carson works for the University of Tulsa as an associate professor of business law and as the director of the university’s National Energy Policy Institute. He was awarded the Bronze Star for his service in Iraq from 2009 to 2010.

 •The president nominated Alastair Fitzpayne to be the Treasury Department’s assistant secretary for legislative affairs. Fitzpayne works for the department as deputy chief of staff and executive secretary. Before that, he worked on Capitol Hill for eight years in positions including senior policy adviser for former Rep. Rahm Emanuel (D-Ill.) and as legislative assistant for former Sen. Evan Bayh (D-Ind.).

 

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• President Obama has nominated Michael McFaul to be ambassador to the Russian Federation for the State Department. McFaul is the White House National Security Staff’s senior director of Russia and Eurasia affairs and a special assistant to the president. Previously, he was a Stanford University political science professor and senior associate at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace.

 • Rep. Russ Carnahan (D-Mo.) has been nominated by the president to be a United States representative at the United Nations General Assembly. Carnahan has served in Congress since January 2005 and is the ranking member of the Subcommittee on Investigations and Oversight under the Committee on Foreign Affairs. Before his election to Congress, he served in Missouri’s House of Representatives for two terms.

 • The president nominated Rep. Ann Marie Buerkle (R-N.Y.) to be a United States representative at the United Nations General Assembly. Buerkle, who was elected to Congress in 2011, chairs the Subcommittee on Health within the Committee on Veterans’ Affairs and is on the Committee on Foreign Affairs. 

 • Kevin Ohlson was nominated by President Obama to be a judge for the United States Court of Appeals for the Armed Forces. Ohlson serves in the Justice Department as the chief of the Professional Misconduct Review Unit. Before that, he was U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder’s chief of staff and counselor and director of the Executive Office for Immigration Review.