Cronin’s appointment as ambassador to Ireland empowers US Senate committee

Claire Cronin’s run as House majority leader may be short, as her appointment as U.S. Ambassador to Ireland advances to the full U.S. Senate.

The U.S. Senate Foreign Relations Committee has approved the appointment of Easton’s Democrat alongside a long list of people including Victoria Reggie Kennedy – the widow of U.S. Senator Ted Kennedy – to serve as ambassador to Austria. President Biden selected Cronin for the job in June, after Cronin pleaded for his election.

Cronin’s confirmation to the Senate and his subsequent resignation would open up the second highest office in the House and likely force a special election to restore voter representation in the 11th District of Plymouth House. Pro Tempore President Kate Hogan and Deputy Majority Leader Michael Moran could be in the running to take over as House majority leader, the press service previously reported.

Cronin is part of a pipeline of Massachusetts officials who have been asked to fill federal positions.

Biden selected Representative Maria Robinson will serve as assistant secretary in the Office of Electricity and Suffolk County District Attorney Rachael Rollins will take over as U.S. lawyer for Massachusetts. The Senate Judiciary Committee is deadlocked over Rollins’ nomination, and it is unclear when Senate Democrats will submit his nomination to full branch votes.

The foreign relations committee also discussed Tuesday the appointment of Dr Atul Gawande of Massachusetts as deputy administrator of the US Agency for International Development. Gawande works as a surgeon at Brigham and Women’s Hospital and a professor at Harvard TH Chan School of Public Health.

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