Cohen to Canada.
On Wednesday, the White House announced that President Joe Biden has nominated Comcast Executive David L. Cohen to serve as U.S. Ambassador to Canada.
The Washington Post first reported in late-April that Cohen “probably will be nominated as U.S. ambassador to Canada.”
“I am honored to be nominated as ambassador to Canada, and thank President Biden for the opportunity to serve my country and to represent him,” Cohen wrote in a statement, according to the Philadelphia Inquirer’s Jonathan Tamari. “If confirmed, I look forward to working with our neighbors in Canada, and continuing to develop and grow what is a very strong and important relationship as we continue to fight the pandemic and build our economies back stronger.”
Sen. Pat Toomey also lauded Biden’s nomination of Cohen.
“President Biden has made an outstanding decision in naming David Cohen to be ambassador to Canada, one of our closest and most important allies,” Toomey said in a written statement. “David’s global business acumen and decades of experience on the world stage will undoubtedly serve him well in this important role. I look forward to enthusiastically supporting his nomination, and I hope my colleagues will join me in doing so.”
Cohen hosted Joe Biden’s first fundraising event as a presidential candidate in April 2019 in Mt. Airy.
Cohen never served in office, but has played an influential role in politics in the Keystone State for decades.
He served as the Chief of Staff under then-Philadelphia Mayor Ed Rendell before becoming an executive at Comcast. He’s also served as Chairman of the Trustees of the University of Pennsylvania and its Executive Committee for over a decade.
Cohen is not the lone influential Pennsylvanian to be nominated to serve in Biden’s administration.