George Tsunis will be heard next Wednesday for the position of ambassador to Greece

George James Tsunis

George Tsunis will be heard on January 12 to ratify his appointment as US Ambassador to Greece.

The Senate Foreign Relations Committee will meet under the chairmanship of Senator Robert Menendez and will be called upon to decide on the fate of Tsunis' candidacy.

The committee meeting will be held with limited physical presence, as defined by the measures adopted by the Senate for the pandemic.

Tsunis is a Greek-American hotel executive and major Democratic donor.

He was born in Queens but Greek was his first language and he didn’t learn English until he went to kindergarten.

The Greek-American is deeply involved in a variety of Greek causes in the US and served as the vice chairman of the Hellenic American Leadership Council.

If confirmed by the Senate, Tsunis would replace Ambassador Geoffrey R. Pyatt, a career foreign service officer who also served as ambassador to Ukraine.

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