71 senators spoke in favor, 26 legislators opposed.

The Senate of the U.S. Congress on Wednesday approved the candidacy of James O’Brien, nominated by President Joe Biden, for the post of coordinator of American sanctions policy. The voting was broadcast on the website of the upper house of the legislature.

71 senators spoke in favor, 26 legislators opposed. O’Brien’s swearing-in ceremony will take place soon.

The post of the Department of State’s sanctions coordinator was established in 2013 under the administration of the 44th President Barack Obama. The position was eliminated under the 45th head of state Donald Trump and re-established under Biden.

O’Brien worked in the management of a large Washington consulting company Albright Stonebridge Group. In 2015-2017 (under the Obama administration), he was the special envoy of the U.S. President for the release of American hostages abroad. In 1989-2001, he was first a senior adviser to U.S. Secretary of State Madeleine Albright (1937-2022), and then Deputy head of the Department of Political Planning of the Department of State and special representative of the American President for the Balkans.