Obama Fundraiser Tapped as Ambassador to Britain

Obama Fundraiser Tapped as Ambassador to Britain

The White House says President Barack Obama has picked the finance chairman for his re-election campaign to be the U.S. ambassador to Britain.

Matthew Barzun, a business executive, has been confirmed by the Senate once before. He served as U.S. ambassador to Sweden until 2011, when he took the position as Obama’s finance chairman.

The White House says Obama is also nominating John Phillips, an attorney who raised more than $500,000 for Obama’s 2012 campaign, to be the U.S. envoy to Italy and the Republic of San Marino. He’s currently the chairman of Obama’s commission that selects candidates to be White House Fellows.

John Hoover, a veteran U.S. diplomat who served in Africa, Asia and Europe, is Obama’s pick for Sierra Leone.