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Timothy J Roemer nominated as US Ambassador to India

Timothy RoemerUnited States President Barack Obama has announced his intent to nominate Mr Timothy J Roemer as the country's new Ambassador to India.

Announcing nominations to several key administration posts on Wednesday, the President said, "I am grateful that these distinguished Americans have agreed to help represent the United States 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. I look forward to working with them in the years and months ahead."

Mr. Roemer is President of the Center for National Policy (CNP) in Washington, D.C. Before joining the CNP, he represented the 3rd District of Indiana for six terms as a U.S. Congressman, from 1991 to 2003.

Mr Roemer served as a member of the 9/11 Commission, a bipartisan Joint Inquiry which issued a report on the terrorst attacks of September 11, 2001, in New York. He also served on the Commission on the Prevention of Weapons of Mass Destruction, Proliferation and Terrorism. He currently serves on 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.

As a Distinguished Scholar at the Mercatus Center at George Mason University, Mr Roemer works with Members of Congress and staff to improve public policy outcomes by teaching on the legislative branch and policy analysis.

Mr Roemer holds a B.A. from the University of California, San Diego and a M.A. and PhD. from the University of Notre Dame.

While he was in the Congress, Mr Roemer was recognised for his successful leadership on bipartisan legislation to balance the budget, reform welfare, improve the affordability of higher education and reform elementary and secondary education for schoolchildren.

He was appointed to the Intelligence Committee's Task Force on Homeland Security and Terrorism. He was the key author of the legislation in the House of Representatives to establish the National Commission on Terrorist Attacks Upon the United States.

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