US President Joe Biden has nominated lawyer Marc R. Stanley to be Washington’s ambassador to Argentina.
If his nomination is approved, Stanley would replace former US ambassador Edward Prado, who resigned his post after the most recent US election.
The news was announced to coincide with the visit of National Security Advisor to the White House, Jake Sullivan, who visited Buenos Aires on Friday for talks with government officials.
Speaking to his local newspaper, The Dallas Morning News, Stanley said he was "grateful for the opportunity to serve my country."
“If confirmed, I hope to build an even stronger relationship between the United States and Argentina,” he added.
Stanley is a board-certified civil trial attorney, political activist, Jewish community leader and philanthropist from Dallas, Texas.
According to his firm’s website, the veteran lawyer has “38 years of experience as a leading trial lawyer and 44 years of experience in government and public service.” The founder and president of the Stanley Law Group, the nominee received a BBA from George Washington University in 1979 and a JD from the University of Texas School of Law in 1982.
The United States government, confirming the news in a statement, said that the nominee had “served in leadership positions in dozens of local and national charitable and civic organisations throughout his career.”
His previous roles include spells as chairman of the Texas Public Finance Authority, while he has held board positions for the Air University of the United States Air Force and US Holocaust Memorial Museum. He has also held roles for a number of Jewish charitable and political organisations, including serving as chair of the National Jewish Democratic Council.
Notably, he chaired the ‘Lawyers for Biden’ group that supported the US president’s successful 2019-2020 campaign.
He is the recipient of numerous awards, including the Tikkun Olam Award by the Jewish Council for Public Affairs.
Stanley has been married to his wife Wendy for more than three decades, with the duo donating at least US$1.5 million over the past two decades to Democratic causes, reported The Dallas Morning News. He has three children.