New York Jets owner Woody Johnson is about to bugger off to Jolly Old England after being confirmed as the U.S. ambassador to the United Kingdom by the Senate on Thursday.
Johnson, a major campaign donor to President Trump, was among a number of appointments who received the green light as the Senate prepares to break for summer recess.
Former Texas Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison was approved as ambassador to NATO, and Jessica Rosenworcel and Brendan Carr were OKd to serve on the Federal Communications Commission. Mark Andrew Green was approved to lead the U.S. Agency for International Development.
Jets owner Woody Johnson is Trump’s pick as ambassador to the UK
Johnson, the chairman and CEO of the Johnson Co., a private asset management firm based in Manhattan, raised big money for Trump’s presidential campaign and donated $ 1 million to the President’s inaugural committee.
The 70-year-old Johnson & Johnson heir is a known philanthropist and major donor to Republican coffers.
In his absence, his younger brother, Christopher, will take control of Gang Green.
“The New York Jets have been an integral part of our family since 2000, but this is a unique opportunity for Woody,” Christopher Johnson said in a statement when his brother received the nomination. “His patriotism and commitment to our country have always been a passion of his.”
Trump nominates Jets owner Woody Johnson as ambassador to Britain
The Jets have gone 132-140 since Johnson bought the team in 2000.
Johnson won’t be the first NFL owner to represent the U.S. overseas. Late Steelers owner Dan Rooney served as ambassador to Ireland under President Barack Obama.
Johnson declined last week to say whether he thought Russia tried to interfere in the 2016 presidential election. “It looks like it could have happened,” Johnson said. “Maybe it did happen. If I did a complete analysis with all the information, I’d be able to give you a much better answer.”
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