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U.S. Senator Mike Enzi, R-Wyo., praised the Senate confirmation of a Wyoming native to a second ambassadorship for the United States. On June 30, the Senate unanimously confirmed Jeanine E. Jackson, of Sheridan, to be Ambassador to the African Republic of Malawi, a nation close to the southeastern coast of Africa.                 

Jackson, who was nominated by President George W. Bush to serve as Ambassador to Burkina Faso in 2006, most recently served as the Management Coordinator for the establishment of the U.S. Embassy in Baghdad, Iraq. She is also the second Wyomingite to ever be offered a second ambassadorship.

“Jeanine has worked tirelessly to strengthen relations between the United States and the nations of Africa and the Middle East. Having traveled to the continent on numerous occasions, I have seen firsthand the importance of a dedicated ambassador in building these relationships,” said Enzi. “I have known Jeanine for decades and I'm proud to have her as the second person from our great state serving in their second ambassadorship. I know our neighbors across the Atlantic will continue to welcome her with open arms and I look forward to all the great work she will continue to do on behalf of our country.”

Jackson is a career member of the Senior Foreign Service and completed 30 years as a Colonel in the U.S. Army Reserves before her ambassadorship. She has served her country in Burkina Faso, Iraq, Vietnam, Germany, Korea, Switzerland, Nigeria, Saudi Arabia, Hong Kong, Kenya and Afghanistan.