(WASHINGTON) -- The State Department will soon get a new spokesperson: Victoria Nuland.
Nuland is expected to take the podium in early June, according to State Department officials. An announcement will likely come this week.
She’s a career foreign service officer and the former U.S. ambassador to NATO under President George W. Bush. She currently serves as the U.S. Special Envoy for Conventional Forces in Europe.
The spokesman position has been vacant since Ian Kelly, now ambassador to the Office of Security and Co-operation in Europe, departed in December 2009. It had been filled in the interim by Assistant Secretary of State P.J. Crowley, who left the job earlier this year following controversial comments about Bradley Manning’s detention. Since then the daily briefing duties have fallen to Acting Deputy spokesperson Mark Toner.
In addition to serving as an ambassador under President Bush, Nuland has other ties to the GOP. Her husband is Washington Post columnist Robert Kagan, and she once served as an advisor to Dick Cheney.
Nuland beat out several other candidates for the position, including at least one other woman. They had practice “murder boards” a few weeks ago.
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