Senate panel OKs former Sen. Scott Brown to be New Zealand envoy
WASHINGTON — The Senate Foreign Relations Committee has approved the nomination of former Sen. Scott Brown to be U.S. ambassador to New Zealand.
The move — by voice vote on Thursday — all but assures that the full Senate will confirm Brown's selection for the post after the Memorial Day recess.
The Republican state lawmaker in Massachusetts gained national attention in January 2010 with his victory in a special Senate election to serve the final three years of the late Sen. Ted Kennedy's term. He was defeated in his 2012 re-election bid by Democratic challenger Elizabeth Warren.
Brown moved his residency to the Granite State three and a half years ago before launching a Senate run in New Hampshire in 2014. Brown narrowly lost to incumbent Democratic Sen. Jeanne Shaheen.
Both Senators had previously tweeted their support for Brown.
Brown faced no opposition during his confirmation hearing last week.
Even though Brown's lived in New Hampshire since late 2013, in the statement from the White House, the former senator is referred to as "Scott Brown of Massachusetts."
Last year, just days before New Hampshire’s first-in-the-nation presidential primary, Brown endorsed Trump’s bid for the GOP nomination. He introduced Trump later that evening at a large rally in Milford. Trump easily topped a large Republican field in the Feb. 9 primary, launching him towards the nomination and eventually the White House.
Brown appeared at a couple of Trump rallies in the Granite State during last autumn’s general election.
Brown served 35 years in the Army National Guard and during the presidential transition he was in contention to become VA secretary, but Trump eventually nominated David Shulkin.
Brown, who is a Fox News contributor, is married to former NH1 News contributing correspondent Gail Huff.
Material from The Associated Press contributed to this story.