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10:52 pm
Thu August 15, 2013

Barzun Sworn Takes Oath to Become U.S. Ambassador to Britain

Louisville businessman Matthew Barzun has assumed his role as Ambassador to the United Kingdom. Barzun was sworn in by Secretary of State John Kerry at the State Department on Thursday.

Barzun was nominated for the post by President Obama last month, and the Senate was unanimous in his confirmation.

University of Louisville political science professor Charles Ziegler says this is an important diplomatic post.

"You hear a lot of talk about this being a special relationship. And it is for the U.S. because Britain has been our strongest supporter. If you look at the general U.S.-European relationship, Britain always stands as sort of an intermediator and a supporter of the United States.

Barzun was the chief fundraiser for President Obama’s 2012 re-election campaign. He also served as U.S. Ambassador to Sweden from 2009-2011.