President Biden is nominating Victoria Kennedy, the widow of Sen. Ted Kennedy, to be his ambassador to Austria.
The White House said Wednesday that it is also naming a top political fundraiser – Comcast executive David Cohen – to serve as its ambassador to Canada.
Kennedy, a gun control advocate, got to know the president during the years Biden served with her husband in the Senate.
She is the chair of the board and co-founder of the Edward M. Kennedy Institute of the United States Senate, a nonpartisan non-profit organization that educates the public about the U.S. Senate, and the Board of Trustees for Education. She also leads the committee. Kennedy Center in Washington.
Kennedy has also served on the boards of Gun Control Advocacy Groups, the Brady Center to Stop Gun Violence in Washington DC, and Stop Handgun Violence in Boston. He founded the Common Sense group about children and guns, which aimed to reduce gun deaths and injuries to children.
“My parents and grandparents taught us through their life examples how important it is to serve and give back,” Kennedy said in a statement. “And my late husband and his extended family embodied great qualities of service to the country. I am overwhelmed by the confidence the President has placed in me, and if confirmed, I will serve as ambassador to Austria. I hope to be able to serve my country.
Biden is also seriously considering another member of the Kennedy family.
Caroline Kennedy, the daughter of President John F. Kennedy, who served as ambassador to Japan during the Obama administration, is being weighed in as a contender to serve in a high-profile ambassadorial role – perhaps in Asia or Australia, Deliberations, according to an acquaintance who was not authorized to comment.