Obama Picks Louisville Fundraiser as Ambassador to Britain

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

If confirmed for the London post, Matthew Barzun would replace Ambassador Louis Susman, another Democratic fundraiser, who stepped down earlier this year.

WASHINGTON, DC (AP) -- President Barack Obama has picked a Louisville business executive who was the finance chairman for his 2012 re-election campaign, to be the U.S. ambassador to Britain.

Louisville Internet entrepreneur Matthew Barzun 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. If confirmed for the London post, Barzun would replace Ambassador Louis Susman, another Democratic fundraiser, who stepped down earlier this year.

Barzun has Kentucky ties. The Courier-Journal newspaper reports that Barzun was a successful businessman when he became a key player in Obama's 2008 campaign. He married Brooke Lee Brown, of the prominent Brown-Forman family, in 1999.

Louisville mayor Greg Fischer tweeted, "An entire city stands proud as Louisville's own Matthew Barzun is named U.S. ambassador to the United Kingdom."


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