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Biden names ambassadors to U.K., Brazil

Biden’s pick for ambassador to Brazil is Elizabeth Bagley, a longtime diplomat and attorney. Bagley served as ambassador to Portugal during the administration of former President Bill Clinton, during which she was given the Grand Cross of Prince Henry the Navigator, Portugal’s highest civilian honor.

Following her time in Portugal, Bagley served as senior adviser to secretaries of State Madeleine Albright, Hillary Clinton and John Kerry. Other federal appointments include special representative to the United Nations General Assembly in 2012, and the first special representative for global partnerships in the Office of the Secretary of State from 2009 to 2010.

Another former ambassador was tapped for the ambassadorship to Chad. Alexander Laskaris, a senior adviser in the Bureau of African Affairs, served as ambassador to Guinea during the Obama administration. His career in the State Department and as a minister-counselor in the Senior Foreign Service has included posts in Africa, Europe and the Middle East.

Biden’s selection for the ambassadorship to Denmark comes from the private sector. Alan Leventhal is the founder, chair and CEO of Beacon Capital Partners and a Boston-area philanthropist.

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