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Obama to appoint Baucus ambassador to China

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Sen. Max Baucus, D-Mont.
President Barack Obama intends to nominate Senate Finance Committee Chairman Max Baucus, D-Mont., as U.S. ambassador to China, and Baucus will resign from the Senate before his term is up, USA Today reported Wednesday.

Montana Gov. Steve Bullock, a Democrat, could appoint a successor. The leading Democratic candidate in the Senate race to replace Baucus is Lt. Gov. John Walsh, who, if appointed, would have an electoral advantage in the race against Rep. Steve Daines, a Republican, USA Today noted.

If Baucus, 72, leaves the Senate, Sen. Ron Wyden, D-Ore., would be in line to chair the Senate Finance Committee. Wyden now chairs the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee, and Sen. Mary Landrieu, D-La., would be in line to take over that committee.

▪ USA Today — Obama to nominate Sen. Baucus ambassador to China