Betty E. King Confirmed as U.S. Ambassador to the UN in Geneva
Betty E. King was confirmed on February 11, 2010 by a Voice Vote of the U.S. Senate as Representative of the United States of America to the Office of the United Nations and Other International Organizations in Geneva.
Below is Ambassador King’s Official Bio:
Betty E King: Biography
Ambassador Betty King was nominated on October 22, 2009, by President Obama to serve as the Representative of the United States to the Office of the United Nations and Other International Organizations in Geneva. She was confirmed by the U.S. Senate and attested by the President on February 12, 2010.
Ambassador King served as the United States Representative to the Economic and Social Council of the United Nations under Presidents Bill Clinton and George W. Bush. In that capacity, she worked on human rights, development, children, aging, and population issues. She was the principal U.S. negotiator on the Millennium Development Goals.
Ms. King has an extensive background in philanthropy having served as the Vice President of the Annie E. Casey Foundation, an organization dedicated to improving the lives of disadvantaged children. She served as the Senior Advisor to the CEO of the California Endowment where she worked to improve health services and systems, and as an advisor to the Atlantic Philanthropies on their programs for children and youth.
In the public sector, Ms King has served as the Deputy Commissioner for Mental Health Services in the District of Columbia, as the Director of the Department on Aging in Arkansas, and as an Assistant professor at the University of Arkansas. She currently serves on the boards of Refugees International, The United Nations Association of the United States, Phoenix House, and on the Advisory Board of the Annenberg School of Public Diplomacy.
Ms King earned a Bachelor of Arts degree at the University of Windsor, Ontario, Canada, a Masters Degree at the State University of New York at Stony Brook, was a National Humanities Fellow at Harvard University, and a Public Policy Fellow at the University of California, Los Angeles.
Below is the Official Record of the Nomination and Confirmation process.
Date Received: October 22, 2009 (111th Congress)
Nominee: Betty E. King , of New York, to be Representative of the United States of America to the Office of the United Nations and Other International Organizations in Geneva, with the rank of Ambassador.
Referred to: Senate Foreign Relations
Reported by: Senate Foreign Relations
- Floor Action: October 22, 2009 – Received in the Senate and referred to the Committee on Foreign Relations.
- Committee Action: December 01, 2009 – Committee on Foreign Relations. Hearings held.
- Committee Action: December 08, 2009 – Committee on Foreign Relations. Ordered to be reported favorably.
- Floor Action: December 08, 2009 – Reported by Senator Kerry, Committee on Foreign Relations, without printed report.
- Floor Action: December 08, 2009 – Placed on Senate Executive Calendar. Calendar No. 602. Subject to nominee’s commitment to respond to requests to appear and testify before any duly constituted committee of the Senate.
- Floor Action: February 11, 2010 – Confirmed by the Senate by Voice Vote.