Obama nominates Goldman Sachs donor for ambassadorship

President Obama on Thursday said he will nominate Goldman Sachs banker Bruce Heyman, a top bundler to his 2012 campaign, to be his ambassador to Canada.

Heyman is the managing director of Private Wealth Management at Goldman Sachs & Co. and one of the few executives at the financial services giant to openly support Obama.

He and his wife, Vicki, hosted a fundraiser for Obama at their Chicago home back in 2007 — when Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonThe Hill's Morning Report - Crunch time arrives for 2020 Dems with debates on deck The Memo: All eyes on faltering Biden ahead of first debate Trump says he's not prepared to lose in 2020 MORE was still the Democratic front-runner — and have jointly bundled $1.7 million for the president, according to records obtained by The New York Times.


If confirmed by the Senate, Heyman would replace David Jacobson, another Chicago fundraiser who served as Obama's deputy national finance chairman in the 2008 election. Jacobson, formerly a partner at Sonnenschein, Nath & Rosenthal, departed his Ottowa posting last month.

Obama on Thursday also nominated Kevin Whitaker to be his ambassador to Columbia. Whitaker, a career member of the Senior Foreign Service, has been the the deputy assistant secretary of State for South America since 2011. 

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