Kelly Knight Craft confirmed as next U.S. ambassador to Canada

08/03/2017 03:43 PM

The U.S. Senate has confirmed Kelly Knight Craft as the next U.S. ambassador to Canada, making her the first female to take the role.

Craft is a University of Kentucky trustee and a well-known Republican donor who co-chaired Gov. Matt Bevin’s 2015 inauguration alongside her husband, coal executive Joe Craft.

Kelly Knight Craft, a Glasgow native, was a delegate at last year’s Republican National Convention and part of the U.S. delegation to the United Nations in 2007 during President George W. Bush’s second term in office.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell congratulated Craft for her new role after the Senate’s vote Thursday.

“Our two nations share much more than a border; we have a heritage of trade and security relations that benefit us both,” McConnell said in a statement.

“As a proven advocate for our national interests, Kelly will use her position to continue the long history of friendship between the United States and Canada. I appreciate her willingness to serve our country once again, and I know that she will make Kentucky proud.”

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