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June 18, 2012

Member Advisory

HACU congratulates Mari Carmen Aponte on her confirmation as U.S. Ambassador to El Salvador

The Senate confirmed Mari Carmen Aponte as the U.S. Ambassador to El Salvador on Thursday, June 14, 2012 in a 62-37 vote. HACU commends the members of the Foreign Relations Committee supporting the nomination of Ambassador Aponte, as well as those Senators who voted to confirm in the whole Senate. President Obama initially appointed Aponte ambassador with a recess appointment in September 2010, and she served until the end of 2011.

President Obama’s statement noted Aponte’s ability to earn “respect from across the political spectrum, from civilians and military leaders, and from public and private officials.  As an honest broker, she has helped advance programs and policies to enhance citizen security in El Salvador while weakening transnational crime links that affect our own national security.”

“With a proven record of being an effective advocate for U.S. interests and values internationally, HACU, and other organizations of the National Hispanic Leadership Agenda (NHLA), worked diligently to see her appointment confirmed. We congratulate Ambassador Mari Carmen Aponte on her well-deserved confirmation,” said HACU President and CEO Antonio R. Flores.