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For Immediate Release
Office of the Press Secretary
May 23, 2006
President George W. Bush today announced his intention to nominate two individuals to serve in his Administration:
The President intends to nominate Richard E. Hoagland, of the District of Columbia, to be Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the United States of America to the Republic of Armenia. Ambassador Hoagland, a career member of the Senior Foreign Service, currently serves as United States Ambassador to the Republic of Tajikistan. Prior to this, he served as Director of the Office of Caucasus and Central Asian Affairs at the Department of State. Earlier in his career, he served as Director of the Office of Public Diplomacy in the Bureau of South Asian Affairs. Ambassador Hoagland received his bachelor's degree from Taylor University and two master's degrees from the University of Virginia.
The President intends to nominate Clifford M. Sobel, of New Jersey, to be Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the United States of America to the Federative Republic of Brazil. Ambassador Sobel formerly served as United States Ambassador to the Kingdom of the Netherlands. Prior to this, he served as Chairman of Net 2 Phone, Incorporated. Ambassador Sobel also currently serves as Chairman and President of SJJ Investment Corporation. Ambassador Sobel received his bachelor's degree from New York University.
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