President Biden has nominated Tom Udall to be his Ambassador to New Zealand. As a former Senator, he should easily get confirmed by the Senate.
His background is:
- Attorney-General of New Mexico 1991 to 1999
- US Representative for New Mexico’s 3rd district 1999 to 2009
- Senator for New Mexico 2009 – 2021
Most people were surprised when he retired from the Senate after just two terms.
He is very big on conservation, so I imagine that will be a focus of his time here.