Victory Institute praises nomination of gay man as ambassador to Vietnam

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Ted Osius, center, is nominated for ambassador to Vietnam. - PHOTO: DOD

President Barack Obama has nominated Ted Osius for ambassador to the Socialist Republican of Vietnam. The nomination drew praise from Gay and Lesbian Victory Institute.

VI president and CEO Chuck Wolfe said, “I commend the Administration for this nomination of a qualified career member of the Foreign Service. If confirmed, Osius would make an excellent addition to the growing number of openly LGBT U.S. Ambassadors — five.  He will bring a unique prospective to the ambassadorship along with decades worth of knowledge and experience."

Osius is a career member of the U.S. Foreign Service, Class of Minister-Counselor, and an associate professor at the National War College, a position he has held since 2013.

He was a senior fellow at the Center for Strategic and International Studies from 2012 to 2013.

Prior to that, Osius served as deputy chief of mission at the U.S. Embassy in Jakarta, Indonesia, from 2009 to 2012.

Before that, he was political minister-counselor at the U.S. Embassy in New Delhi, India from 2006 to 2009.

Osius also served as deputy director of the Office of Korean Affairs in the Bureau of East Asian and Pacific Affairs at the Department of State from 2004 to 2006.

He also was regional environment officer at the U.S. Embassy in Bangkok, Thailand, from 2001 to 2004 and from 1998 to 2001, he was senior advisor on international affairs in the Office of the Vice President at the White House.

He served as political officer at the U.S. Consulate General in Ho Chi Minh City and at the U.S. Embassy in Hanoi, Vietnam, from 1997 to 2001, among other posts.

From 1985 to 1987, he was a legislative correspondent in the Office of U.S. Sen. Al Gore, Jr.

Osius received an A.B. from Harvard College and an M.S. from the School of Advanced International Studies at Johns Hopkins University.