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Senate panel OKs ex-Sen. Scott Brown to be New Zealand envoy

By RICHARD LARDNERMay 25, 2017
FILR - In this Jan. 8, 2015 file photo, former Massachusetts Sen. Scott Brown greets people on the floor of the House Chamber at the Statehouse in Boston. The Senate Foreign Relations Committee has approved the nomination of Brown to be U.S. ambassador to New Zealand. (AP Photo/Steven Senne, File)
FILR - In this Jan. 8, 2015 file photo, former Massachusetts Sen. Scott Brown greets people on the floor of the House Chamber at the Statehouse in Boston. The Senate Foreign Relations Committee has approved the nomination of Brown to be U.S. ambassador to New Zealand. (AP Photo/Steven Senne, File)

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Senate Foreign Relations Committee has approved the nomination of former Sen. Scott Brown to be U.S. ambassador to New Zealand.

The move — by voice vote on Thursday — all but assures that the full Senate will confirm Brown’s selection for the post after the Memorial Day recess.

Brown is a Republican who represented Massachusetts in the Senate from 2010 to 2013. He won a special election to fill the seat held by the late Democratic Sen. Ted Kennedy, a Democrat.

Brown lost that seat to Democrat Elizabeth Warren, and in 2014, he lost a Senate race in New Hampshire to Democratic Sen. Jeanne Shaheen.

Brown faced no opposition during his confirmation hearing last week.

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