WASHINGTON – The U.S. Senate has approved President Barack Obama’s nominee to serve as ambassador to Canada.
The selection of Bruce Heyman was approved by voice vote on Wednesday night.
Heyman is a Chicago investment banker and campaign fundraiser. He has served as managing director for private wealth management at Goldman Sachs. He first joined the investment bank in 1980.
Heyman was also a top fundraiser for Obama’s re-election campaign and served on the campaign’s finance committee.
“Canada looks forward to working closely with Ambassador-Designate Heyman to continue to build on the strong relationship with the Obama Administration and advance our shared priorities, including job creation and long-term prosperity for Canadians and Americans,” Rick Roth, John Baird’s director of communications , said in a statement.
The U.S. has gone eight months without an ambassador to Ottawa.
© The Canadian Press, 2014