US President Donald Trump took his sweet time appointing a new ambassador to Australia. The post, in fact, had been vacant for more than two and a half years. Since September 2016.
But it is vacant no more.
Below you’ll find some key facts about the new ambassador, Arthur Culvahouse, thanks to our friends at AAP.
Important info on Arthur Culvahouse
Culvahouse was born in Tennessee, but has become one of the most prominent lawyers in the home of the White House, Washington DC.
At 70 years of age, he has served as counsel to former US President Ronald Reagan, after working for a period with Gerald Ford.
He was responsible for the appointment of many of America’s landmark figures, including Alan Greenspan as Federal Reserve chairman and Anthony Kennedy as a Supreme Court judge.
Most famously, however, was the vetting of vice presidential candidates for John McCain 2008, which lead to the appointment of the iconic Sarah Palin. The same occurred for president Trump’s current deputy, Mike Pence.
In terms of legal influence, Culvahouse has worked for large international corporations like Exxon, Ford, Goldman Sachs and AT&T. Most recently, Culvahouse was chair emeritus to the international law firm O’Melveny & Myers.
The right choice?
Trump elected Culvahouse as the US ambassador for Australia in November last year, after the post was vacated back in September 2016.
Trump had originally selected former US Pacific Command commander Harry Harris to do the job, before making him ambassador to South Korea.
It certainly seems like Culvahouse is fit for the role. Let’s hope he doesn’t disappoint.