The Senate has confirmed New York Jets owner Woody Johnson to be the U.S. ambassador to the United Kingdom and former Texas GOP Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison to be ambassador to NATO.
The votes came as the Senate cleared the deck of dozens of nominees as it recessed for August.
President Donald Trump said in January that Mr. Johnson was “going to Saint James”, a reference to the official title of Ambassador of the United States to the Court of St James.
Mr. Johnson was a top donor to Mr. Trump during the presidential campaign and was named in November as finance chair of his inaugural committee.
A long-time Republican donor, Mr. Johnson helped raise money for George W Bush, John McCain, and Mitt Romney when they were the party’s nominees. He served as finance chairman for Jeb Bush earlier in the 2016 campaign.
Mr. Johnson’s great grandfather founded Johnson & Johnson, the medical supplies manufacturer.
Matthew Barzun was the previous US ambassador to the UK. He was appointed in 2013 by Barack Obama and stepped down in January this year, before Mr. Trump’s inauguration.
Mr. Johnson’s residence in London will be Winfield House, a mansion in Regent’s Park that boasts 12 acres of grounds – second only to Buckingham Palace in terms of largest private gardens in the capital.
It has been the US ambassador’s official residence since 1955.