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Trump tapping Scott Brown to be New Zealand ambassador

Trump tapping Scott Brown to be New Zealand ambassador
© Greg Nash

President Trump announced Thursday he is nominating Scott Brown to serve as ambassador to New Zealand.

Reports first surfaced in February that Brown, a former Republican senator from Massachusetts, was under consideration to serve in the post.

Brown was also a rumored pick for Trump's secretary of Veterans Affairs, but the position was ultimately given to David Shulkin, who led the VA's healthcare system during the Obama administration.

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Brown backed Trump early in his campaign.

Brown was elected to the Senate a 2010 special election following the death of Sen. Ted Kennedy (D).

Two years later, he was unseated by Democrat Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth WarrenPorter loses seat on House panel overseeing financial sector OVERNIGHT ENERGY: Nine, including former Michigan governor, charged over Flint water crisis | Regulator finalizes rule forcing banks to serve oil, gun companies | Trump admin adds hurdle to increase efficiency standards for furnaces, water heaters DeVos mulled unilateral student loan forgiveness as COVID-19 wracked economy: memo MORE.

He lost another Senate race in 2014, when he ran in New Hampshire.