Jack Markell Nominated as New US Ambassador to Italy and San Marino
President Joe Biden nominated a new ambassador to Italy and San Marino after the position had been vacant for two years.
The new ambassador will be Jack Markell, a former Democratic governor of Delaware and the current representative of the United States to the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD), an international organization that brings together some of the world's most economically developed countries. Markell's nomination will now need to be confirmed by a vote of the US Senate, and as the representative to the OECD, he will be replaced by Democratic Congressman Sean Patrick Maloney.
Markell, who is 62 years old, studied economics at Brown University and then at the University of Chicago. He entered politics after a career as a manager in the telecommunications industry. From 2009 to 2017, he served as governor for the Democrats in the small state of Delaware, the same state from which Biden hails.
The appointment of a new ambassador to Italy and San Marino is a significant development for the relationship between the United States and Italy, which have deep historical and cultural ties. The position has been vacant since 2019, and the appointment of Markell indicates the Biden administration's commitment to strengthening the relationship between the two countries.
As the representative to the OECD, Markell has been involved in promoting economic cooperation and development among some of the world's most advanced economies. His experience in this area could be valuable in promoting economic ties between the United States and Italy, which has the eighth-largest economy in Europe.
Markell's confirmation as ambassador will be closely watched by both Italian and American officials, as well as by observers of international relations. If confirmed, he will likely play an important role in shaping the future of the relationship between the United States and Italy.