July 18, 2001

Bush picks career diplomat as U.S. envoy to Brazil

                 WASHINGTON (Reuters) -- U.S. President George W. Bush plans to
                 nominate career diplomat Donna Hrinak to be U.S. ambassador to Brazil,
                 the White House said on Wednesday.

                 Hrinak, who currently heads the U.S. Embassy in Venezuela, has previously
                 served as the U.S. ambassador to Bolivia and to the Dominican Republican.

                 Her earlier assignments include working as the deputy assistant secretary of
                 state for Caribbean and Mexican affairs and as a desk officer in the State
                 Department's office of Central American affairs.

                 Her nomination is subject to U.S. Senate approval.

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