Obama appoints gay man as ambassador to New Zealand

Posted on 08 Oct 2009 at 8:56am

The White House has announced that President Obama has announced an openly gay man as U.S. ambassador to New Zealand and Samoa.

David Huebner is the head of the China Practice and the International Disputes Practice of Sheppard Mullin Richter  Hampton LLP, and also a founding board member and former board co-chair for the Gay  Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD).

Huebner is former chairman of Coudert Brothers LLP.  He is a native of Pennsylvania and a summa cum laude graduate of Princeton University, where he majored at the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs.  He is also a graduate of Yale Law School.

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