By Jonathan Easley - 07/24/13 08:04 PM EDT
President Obama on Wednesday nominated Caroline Kennedy, the daughter of former president John F. Kennedy, as the next U.S. ambassador to Japan.
Kennedy was a major fundraiser for President Obama’s 2012 campaign and stumped for him on the campaign trail. The New York Democrat is the latest in a line of donors, fundraisers and former staffers to secure a plum ambassadorship in the Obama administration this year.
The president has rewarded at least 20 of his political allies with ambassador posts.
Presidents from both parties have historically engaged in rewarding campaign boosters with positions of diplomatic prestige, but an analysis by The Hill earlier this year showed Obama is outpacing his predecessors.
--This report was updated at 7:33 p.m.