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Next Step for Senator Max Baucus' Ambassadorship Process

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President Obama nominated Montana's senior senator to the diplomatic post in December.  Senator Baucus, who is chair of the Senate Finance Committee, has worked on China trade and economic issues for decades and has traveled to China several times.     

The senior U.S. senator says the opportunity could create more partnerships between China and Montana, especially in agriculture.

In a statement to ABC/FOX Montana today, Baucus says, "My friend and mentor Mike Mansfield worked hard to strengthen and improve America's important relationships throughout Asia and I welcome the opportunity to follow in his footsteps."

If Senator Baucus assumes his new role before the end of his term, Governor Bullock is charged with picking an interim replacement until January 2015. He has not commented on who he plans to appoint.

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