Today, President Donald J. Trump announced his intent to nominate André Bauer, of South Carolina, to be the new Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the United States of America to Belize.
Bauer, 51, served as the state’s lieutenant governor from 2003-2011 under then-Gov. Mark Sanford. He has been a long-time fixture in Republican politics, starting as a member of the state Legislature in both the House and Senate and a later run for governor. He currently is a real estate developer based in Charleston; there has been no immediate response to messages seeking comment. Additionally, Bauer was the National Chairman of the Republican Lt. Governor Association in 2005 and he appeared as a political analyst and commentator on CNN from 2016 – 2019.
Mr. Bauer also served as a Major in the South Carolina State Guard from 2010 – 2015. He has worked in real estate development since 1991 and currently is the proprietor of Bunk Aviation, a real estate holding company in Charleston, South Carolina. Mr. Bauer received his B.A. degree from the University of South Carolina’s College of Applied Professional Sciences in 1991. He is the recipient of a number of honors including the South Carolina Republican Party Terry Haskins Awards for Legislative Leadership.
In Belize, the US ambassador’s post has been vacant since the previous аmbаѕѕаdоr, Саrlоѕ Моrеnо, saw his term conclude with the end of the Obama administration in late 2006.
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