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For Immediate Release
Office of the Press Secretary
March 6, 2001

President Bush Nominates Negroponte to the United Nations

President George W. Bush today announced his intent to nominate John D. Negroponte to be the Representative of the United States to the United Nations with the rank of Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary.

"John Negroponte will be a key member of my Administration's foreign policy team as he pursues our vision of a United Nations capable of meeting the global challenges of the 21st century while serving the interests of its member states.  He will work closely with the Congress to build a strong U.S. -- U.N. relationship," said President Bush.

Ambassador Negroponte is presently the Executive Vice President for Global Markets of the McGraw-Hill Companies.  He has served in a wide variety of Foreign Service posts including Ambassador to Honduras from 1981 - 1985, Ambassador to Mexico from 1989 - 1993 and Ambassador to the Philippines from 1993-1996. He held the post of  Deputy Assistant Secretary of State with the rank of Ambassador for Oceans and Fisheries Affairs from 1976 - 1979 and was then appointed Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for East Asia and Pacific Affairs in 1980.  From 1985-1987, he was Assistant Secretary of State for Oceans and International Environment and Scientific Affairs.  Following that service, President Reagan named him Deputy Assistant to the President for National Security Affairs, a post he held until 1989.

He is a graduate of Yale University and is married with five children.


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