On Friday, President Biden nominated Joseph Donnelly, a former US senator for a term from Indiana, to be the new US ambassador to the Vatican.
Donnelly, currently a partner in a powerful law firm Akin gump In Washington, DC, she would replace Callista Gingrich, wife of former US House Speaker Newt Gingrich, who was confirmed in October 2017 and served the entire term of President Trump.
Donnelly, the White House said, “served as a United States Senator from Indiana from 2013 to 2019 and was a member of the United States House of Representatives from 2007 to 2013, representing Indiana’s second congressional district.” He earned his bachelor’s degree from the University of Notre Dame and a JD from that university’s law school.
Citing Mr. Donnelly’s work to “advance the efforts of Democrats to expand economic opportunity,” House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer, D-Maryland, said in a statement: “I can’t think in no one better suited to represent our country before Pope Francis and maintain a dialogue with him on the need to address global poverty, food insecurity, violence and other challenges ”.
If confirmed, Donnelly would be the twelfth US envoy to the Vatican since President Ronald Reagan formally established diplomatic relations with the Holy See in 1984.