“We can’t lead if we are not present.” —Secretary of State John Kerry, July 10, 2014
All nominations to become ambassador on behalf of the United States to a foreign country or international organization are made by the President of the United States. Each individual must be confirmed by the United States Senate. Once confirmed, each ambassador serves as the personal representative of the President, and the chief representative of the United States government to the country or organization for which he or she is selected. Ambassadors are part of the U.S. State Department.