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July 15, 2021


Chicago  — Attorney General Kwame Raoul today joined a bipartisan coalition of 30 attorneys general to urge the U.S. Senate to approve former Interior Secretary Ken Salazar's nomination as U.S. ambassador to Mexico.

In the letter to Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman Robert Menendez, D-N.J., and Ranking Member James Risch, R-Idaho, Raoul and the attorneys general point out the United States is at a significant juncture in U.S.-Mexico relations, and that Salazar is a seasoned statesman well-equipped to meet the challenges of serving as the ambassador to Mexico.

"Now it is particularly important that the U.S. ambassador to Mexico have a thorough understanding of the United States' relationship with Mexico and its impact on states around the country," Raoul said. "Ken Salazar's years of public service make him uniquely qualified to address issues such as trade and immigration, the importance of which extend beyond the states on our country's southern border."

Salazar previously served in roles ranging from executive director of the Colorado Department of Natural Resources to Colorado attorney general to U.S. senator to secretary of the U.S. Department of the Interior, giving him a unique and deep knowledge of the Western and Southwestern regions of the United States.

Raoul and the coalition also state that Salazar holds a deep and lasting knowledge of the nations' interdependence, an understanding of the importance of trade between both markets, and a commitment to addressing border issues and immigration in a humane and intelligent manner.

Joining Raoul in sending the letter are the attorneys general of California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, the District of Columbia, Guam, Hawaii, Idaho, Iowa, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Nevada, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, North Dakota, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Dakota, the U.S. Virgin Islands, Utah, Vermont, Virginia, Washington and Wisconsin.

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