Kelly Knight Craft will be nominated as next U.S. ambassador to Canada, report says

05/21/2017 09:33 AM

Kentuckian Kelly Knight Craft is set to become the next U.S. ambassador to Canada, according to a report by Canada’s CTV News Friday.

Unnamed top U.S. officials told CTV News that Craft, a prominent Republican fundraiser alongside husband Joe Craft and a University of Kentucky trustee, will be nominated to the post soon.

The news outlet said U.S. officials have informed their Canadian counterparts of Kelly Knight Craft’s impending nomination.

Craft, a Glasgow native, will need to be confirmed by the U.S. Senate, where Kentucky Sen. Mitch McConnell serves as majority leader. She 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.

“Kelly Knight Craft is an incredibly caring, hard-working person who is deeply devoted to country and its citizens,” Republican Party of Kentucky Chairman Mac Brown said in a statement. “I have no doubt she will serve the United States with distinction and the Canadians will find her to be an outstanding working partner.”

Kevin Wheatley

Kevin Wheatley is a Video Journalist for Spectrum News and covers Kentucky politics and all the goings-on at the State Capitol. Kevin was born and raised in Frankfort so he grew up around politics and has always had the drive to follow the political process and hold lawmakers accountable. Before joining Spectrum News Kevin covered government and politics for The State Journal in Frankfort. You can watch Kevin’s work weeknights at 7:00 and 11:30 on Pure Politics, available exclusively on Spectrum News, HD Channels 403 and 715. You can reach him at or 502-792-1135.


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