President Obama announced his intent to nominate Senator Max Baucus as Ambassador to the People’s Republic of China, replacing former Washington state Governor Gary Locke.
“For more than two decades, Max Baucus has worked to deepen the relationship between the United States and China, said President Obama. The economic agreements he helped forge have created millions of American jobs and added billions of dollars to our economy, and hes perfectly suited to build on that progress in his new role.
Baucus is the senior U.S. Senator from Montana. He has served in the Senate since 1978. He is Montana’s longest serving Senator and has the third longest tenure among those currently serving in the U.S. Senate.
Sen. Baucus is Chairman of the Senate Committee on Finance, Vice Chairman of the Joint Committee on Taxation, and a member of the Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry. He is a member of the Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works and chairs its Subcommittee on Transportation and Infrastructure. Before his election to the U.S. Senate, Senator Baucus was a member of the U.S. House of Representatives from 1975 to 1978. He previously served in the Montana House of Representatives from 1973 to 1974. He received both a B.A. and a J.D. from Stanford University. (end)