Roemer new US envoy to India

Updated on May 28, 2009 11:45 PM IST

US President Barack Obama has nominated Timothy John Roemer to be the new American ambassador to India.

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Hindustan Times | ByHT Foreign Bureau, New Delhi

US President Barack Obama has nominated Timothy John Roemer to be the new American ambassador to India.

A Democrat, Roemer, 52, served in the US House of Representatives from 1991-2003. His appointment requires Senate approval.

Roemer was viewed as a conservative in the US due to his pro-life stance on abortion. He had endorsed Barack Obama in 2008 Democratic presidential primaries and campaigned for him vigorously.

Announcing nominations to several key administration posts on May 27, Obama said, “I am grateful that these distinguished Americans have agreed to help represent the US and strengthen our partnerships abroad at this critical time for our nation and the world. I am confident they will advance American diplomacy as we work to meet the challenges of the 21st century. ”

A Ph.D. from the University of Notre Dame, he currently is with the Washington Institute for Near East Policy’s Presidential Task Force on combating the ideology of radical extremism, and the National Parks Second Century Commission.

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