June 18, 2004 – LAWFUEL – President George W. Bush has nominated Bryan Cave Partner John C. Danforth to be the United States ambassador to the United Nations. If confirmed by the Senate, Danforth would succeed John Negroponte, nominated to be ambassador to Iraq. Danforth would represent the United States on the United Nations Security Council and in the sessions of the General Assembly of the United Nations. Danforth’s confirmation hearing took place June 17. A vote on his appointment is expected by the Foreign Relations Committee within a week, to be followed within a day or two by a full Senate vote.
Danforth is a member of Bryan Cave’s International Client Service Group. He joined the firm in 1995, the same year he retired from the U.S. Senate after 18 years of service. He also served as Missouri’s attorney general from 1969-76. During his 26 years in public office, Danforth focused on bringing economic growth to the country and Missouri.
Among recent public service contributions on a national or international scale, Danforth in 2001 was named special envoy to Sudan by President Bush to mediate peace in that region’s civil war, and in 1999 was appointed special counsel by then U.S. Attorney General Janet Reno to investigate the 1993 death of Branch Davidians in Waco, Texas.
“This is an extraordinarily important role at a critical time,” said Bryan Cave Chairman Walter Metcalfe. “Jack is an exceptional partner and exceptional St. Louis citizen. We thank him for his willingness to take the difficult jobs for America and its allies.”
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