Nominations to the Advisory Commission on Public Diplomacy sent to the Senate

The White House announced last night that they sent four nominations for the U.S. Advisory Commission on Public Diplomacy to the Senate. This includes the two the White House announced an intent to nominate in November, Ambassador Ryan Crocker and Mr. Sim Farar. The four nominees sent to the Senate are:

  • Ryan C. Crocker, of Washington, to be a Member of the United States Advisory Commission on Public Diplomacy for a term expiring July 1, 2012, vice Penne Percy Korth, term expired.
  • Sim Farar, of California, to be a Member of the United States Advisory Commission on Public Diplomacy for a term expiring July 1, 2012, vice John E. Osborn, term expired.
  • William J. Hybl, of Colorado, to be a Member of the United States Advisory Commission on Public Diplomacy for a term expiring July 1, 2012.  (Reappointment).
  • Anne Terman Wedner, of Illinois, to be a Member of the United States Advisory Commission on Public Diplomacy for a term expiring July 1, 2013, vice Jay T. Snyder, term expired.

The U.S. Advisory Commission advises the President and Congress on issues related to U.S. public diplomacy and strategic communication. There are seven members on the Commission. According to the law authorizing the Commission (22 U.S.C. 1469), “Not more than four members may be from one political party.”

Three nominations are forthcoming, including the seats currently held by Lyndon Olson and Lezlee Westine and the seat previously held by Elizabeth Bagely before she become the State Department’s first Special Representative for Global Partnerships in 2009. Also to be announced is the next chairman of the Commission, which is typically a member of the President’s party.

Incumbent Nominee
William Hybl (R), Chairman --> William Hybl (R)
Lyndon Olson (D), Vice Chairman (term not expired)
John Osborne (R) --> Sim Farar (D)
Penne Percy Korth (R) --> Ryan Crocker (I)
Jay Snyder (D) --> Anne Wedner (D)
Lezlee Westine (R) --> (term expired)
(seat formerly held by Elizabeth Bagley (D)) --> (empty seat)