Senate confirms Georgian as U.S. ambassador to Luxembourg

More than eight months after President Donald Trump nominated him, Atlanta attorney Randy Evans won Senate confirmation Thursday as the U.S. ambassador to Luxembourg.

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More than eight months after President Donald Trump nominated him, Atlanta attorney Randy Evans won Senate confirmation Thursday as the U.S. ambassador to Luxembourg.

A Georgian will soon be on his way to Luxembourg City.

The U.S. Senate on Thursday voted along party lines to confirm Atlanta attorney Randy Evans to be the nation’s ambassador to Luxembourg. The final vote was 48-43.

Evans “understands the complex issues the United States faces across the globe and is committed to maintaining strong relationships with our European allies,” U.S. Sen. David Perdue, R-Ga., said in a statement. “I know our country will be represented by our nation’s very best in Luxembourg.”

Evans had one of the longest waits to be confirmed of any of President Donald Trump's diplomatic nominees. The White House tapped him for the position more than eight months ago, but Evans got caught up in a broader partisan impasse over executive branch nominees. Senate Democrats had also voiced concern about Evans' role implementing a voter ID law in 2006 as a member of the State Election Board.

Evans has been a longtime figure in Georgia’s Republican circles, counting former U.S. House Speaker Newt Gingrich and Gov. Nathan Deal among his clients. He also helped track delegates’ votes at the Republican National Convention in 2016 when Trump’s allies feared a possible rebellion.

U.S. Sen. Johnny Isakson, R-Ga., introduced Evans at his confirmation hearing in November before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee.

He said in a statement that he was “delighted” by Evans’ confirmation on Thursday.

“He is exactly the person we need to have in a place of such strategic importance to the United States,” Isakson said.

Tiny, landlocked Luxembourg is considered highly important to the U.S. because it’s become a global investment hub, especially after the United Kingdom announced plans to leave the European Union. It’s also rumored to house significant assets from China, Iran and Russia.


J. Randolph ‘Randy’ Evans

Education: West Georgia College, Bachelor of Arts, 1980; University of Georgia, Juris Doctor, 1983

Political experience: He led the Republican National Lawyers Association and Georgia's judicial nominating commission. He's also a former member of the State Elections Board, a member of the Republican National Committee and a former counsel of the Georgia Republican Party.

Current or onetime clients: former U.S. Speaker Newt Gingrich, Gov. Nathan Deal, former Gov. Sonny Perdue, former U.S. House Speaker Dennis Hastert