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WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Johnny Isakson, R-Ga., today praised the nomination of former U.S. Ambassador Mark Green to serve as administrator of the United States Agency for International Development, or USAID.

“As ambassador to Tanzania, a former member of Congress and a board member of the Millennium Challenge Corporation, Ambassador Green will offer great expertise as USAID continues to find innovative ways to effectively assist developing nations and advance our national interests,” said Isakson, who serves as chair of the Senate subcommittee that oversees USAID and the U.S. Department of State. “I urge the Senate to move forward with his nomination in a timely manner.”

Ambassador Green began his service in the U.S. House of Representatives in 1999, the same year Isakson was elected to the chamber, until 2007. He served as ambassador to Tanzania under President George W. Bush from 2007 until 2009. Following his ambassadorship, Green now serves as president of the International Republican Institute and sits on the board of directors of the Millennium Challenge Corporation.

Isakson is also a leader of the Congressional Caucus for Effective Foreign Assistance, where he advocates for the effective use of a combination of development and diplomacy to help strengthen our national security and promote freedom, economic growth and high standards worldwide.