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Report: Max Baucus to be Nominated US Ambassador to China

BaucusPresident Obama will nominate Sen. Max Baucus (D-Mont.) to succeed Gary Locke as the U.S. ambassador to China, Politico reported Wednesday.

Maggie Haberman and Manu Raju write Baucus, chairman of the Senate Finance Committee Chairman, is set to retire at the end of his term next year after serving in the Senate since 1978.

Baucus has served on the finance committee for the past 34 years and is known for proposing key changes to trade policy, tax code and healthcare law, according to the article.

His retirement could shake up the race for his post and give Republicans the opportunity to pick up the six seats needed to win back the Senate majority, Haberman and Raju write.

Baucus’ nomination will be considered by the Senate Foreign Relations Committee.

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