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Filling seats: Campaign bundler nominated to be U.S. ambassador to Czech Republic

The White House announced new nominations this week, including Andrew H. Schapiro to be U.S. ambassador to the Czech Republic. Schapiro, a Chicago attorney and friend of President Obama from Harvard Law School, was a bundler for the Obama campaign. If confirmed, he’ll join the more than 20 current ambassadors who were major political donors, as Max Fisher wrote last month.

He will replace current Ambassador Norman Eisen, who the Post profiled in October.

The White House also announced the nomination of Nani Coloretti to be Deputy Secretary at the Department of Housing and Urban Development. As we noted last month, only two women are currently serving as deputy secretaries in the Obama administration: Heather Higginbottom at the State Department and Krysta Harden at Agriculture, and another nomination is pending: Sarah Bloom Raskin at Treasury. The Senate is scheduled to vote on Raskin Monday.

Coloretti has worked in the administration since 2009, first as the Deputy Assistant Secretary for Management and Budget and most recently as the Treasury’s Assistant Secretary for Management.

Other nominations are Estevan R. López to be Commissioner of Reclamation at the Department of the Interior; Erika Lizabeth Moritsugu to be Assistant Secretary for Congressional and Intergovernmental Relations at the Department of Housing and Urban Development; Monica C. Regalbuto to be Assistant Secretary for Environmental Management at the Department of Energy.


Colby Itkowitz is the lead anchor of the Inspired Life blog. She previously covered the quirks of national politics and the federal government.

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