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 WarrenWarren calls for abolishing Electoral College Warren: 'White supremacists pose a threat to the United States like any other terrorist group' Poll: Biden leads among millennial voters MORE (D) unseated Brown in 2012, and he lost another Senate race to Sen. Jeanne ShaheenCynthia (Jeanne) Jeanne ShaheenSenators offer bipartisan bill to fix 'retail glitch' in GOP tax law Overnight Energy: EPA moves to raise ethanol levels in gasoline | Dems look to counter White House climate council | Zinke cleared of allegations tied to special election Democrats offer legislation to counter White House climate science council MORE (D-N.H.) in 2014.

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