Senate panel approves Scott Brown as NZ ambassador

Senate panel approves Scott Brown as NZ ambassador
© Greg Nash

The Senate Foreign Relations Committee on Thursday approved former Sen. Scott Brown (R-Mass.) for ambassador to New Zealand.

The voice vote a day before all but assures the full Senate will confirm Brown to the post after the Memorial Day recess.

Brown, who served in the Senate from 2010 to 2013, faced no opposition during his confirmation hearing last week.

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The former Massachusetts lawmaker was elected to the Senate during a 2010 special election following the death of Sen. Ted Kennedy (D).

Sen. Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth Ann WarrenThe Hill's Morning Report - Trump says no legislation until Dems end probes Harris readies a Phase 2 as she seeks to rejuvenate campaign 2020 Dems put spotlight on disabilities issues MORE (D) unseated Brown in 2012, and he lost another Senate race to Sen. Jeanne ShaheenCynthia (Jeanne) Jeanne ShaheenTrump, Europe increasingly at odds on Iran Foreign Relations senators demand Iran briefing The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Pass USMCA Coalition - After GOP infighting, Trump Jr. agrees to testify again MORE (D-N.H.) in 2014.

Warren congratulated Brown on his nomination in April, tweeting that he would “make the people of MA proud.”