WASHINGTON – Today, President Joe Biden announced his intent to nominate the following individuals to serve as key leaders in his Administration:
- Tracey Ann Jacobson, Nominee to be Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the United States of America to the Republic of Iraq
- Patrick J. Fuchs, Nominee to be a Member of the Surface Transportation Board
Also today, the White House will continue renominating candidates whose nominations were returned to the President at the end of the first session of the 118th Congress. Today’s transmission to the Senate will include 10 renominations. The White House hopes the Senate will take action expeditiously.
Tracey Ann Jacobson, Nominee to be Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the United States of America to the Republic of Iraq
Tracey Jacobson, a career member of the Senior Foreign Service, class of Career Minister, most recently served as Charge d’Affaires ad interim at the U.S. Embassy in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. Over the course of her distinguished career, she has been a U.S. Ambassador on three occasions – to Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, and Kosovo, and the Deputy Chief of Mission at the U.S. Embassy in Riga, Latvia. In addition to senior leadership roles overseas, Jacobson served as the Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary in the State Department’s Bureau of International Organization Affairs and as the National Foreign Affairs Training Center’s (FSI) Dean of the School of Professional and Area Studies and then as the Deputy Director. At the National Security Council, Jacobson was the Deputy Executive Secretary and Senior Director for Administration.
Jacobson earned her B.A. degree from Johns Hopkins University and her M.A. degree from the School of Advanced International Studies, also at Johns Hopkins. She is the recipient of multiple awards from the State Department, two Presidential Rank Awards, and the Order for Peace, Democracy and Humanism “Ibrahim Rugova” (Kosovo).
Patrick J. Fuchs, Nominee to be a Member of the Surface Transportation Board
Patrick J. Fuchs has served as a Member of the Surface Transportation Board since January 2019. While on the Board, he has advanced transportation policies that address unreasonable practices and inadequate service, adjudicated railroad transactions that generate new capital investments and routing options, and streamlined inefficient processes that unduly burden the public. Before his appointment, Fuchs served as a senior professional staff member working on surface transportation and maritime issues for the United States Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation. Fuchs played an integral role in the development and enactment of significant railroad legislation, including the reform of railroad infrastructure programs and the first reauthorization of the Surface Transportation Board since its creation in 1996. Before his time with the Senate, he was a policy analyst and Presidential Management Fellow at the Office of Management and Budget, where he managed railroad and maritime regulatory reviews. Fuchs also served at the U.S. Department of State, where he received the Meritorious Honor Award for extraordinary contributions to substantive economic analysis. A Wisconsin native, Fuchs earned a B.A. with distinction in economics and political science and an M.P.A. from the University of Wisconsin, where he received the Director’s Achievement Award for his outstanding academic record.