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Minnesota native chosen as ambassador to Uganda

Career officer Scott DeLisi, of South St. Paul, currently is the U.S. envoy in Nepal.

Article by: COREY MITCHELL , Star Tribune

Updated: January 24, 2012 - 10:03 PM

WASHINGTON -- President Obama has nominated Minnesota native Scott DeLisi as his ambassador to Uganda.

The White House announced Tuesday that Obama sent DeLisi's name to the Senate for confirmation as the envoy to the East African nation. If confirmed, it would mark the latest passport stamp for the career U.S. Foreign Service officer.

DeLisi, who grew up in South St. Paul, has been the ambassador to Nepal since March 2010. During the George W. Bush administration, he served as envoy to Eritrea, a country in the horn of Africa. DeLisi has also served in various posts in Botswana, India, Madagascar, Pakistan and Sri Lanka.

He is at least the third Minnesotan to be appointed an ambassador by the Obama administration.

In 2009, the White House named Sam Kaplan as ambassador to Morocco and Miguel Diaz, a Roman Catholic theologian from St. John's University and the College of St. Benedict in Collegeville, as envoy to the Vatican.

The three are on an exclusive list of fewer than 10 Minnesotans to serve as United States ambassadors in the past 60 years. Past ambassadors include former Vice President Walter Mondale, who served in Japan, and former Gov. Karl Rolvaag, who served in Iceland.

Corey Mitchell • 612-673-4491

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