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Catherine Todd Bailey
Ambassador, Latvia
Term of Appointment: 01/13/2005 to 02/04/2008

U.S. President George W. Bush nominated Catherine Todd Bailey to become U.S. Ambassador to Latvia on September 8, 2004. She was confirmed by the Senate on November 21, 2004 and was sworn in as Ambassador by U.S. Secretary of State Colin L. Powell on January 13, 2005. She presented her credentials to President Vaira Vike-Freiberga as Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the United States of America to the Republic of Latvia on February 4, 2005.

From 2000 through 2004, Catherine Todd Bailey was a Republican National Committee (RNC) member from Kentucky. She also served as the co-chairman of the Republican Regents, an RNC donor organization. Ms. Bailey served on the boards of directors of PACA (Presidential Advisory Committee) to the Kennedy Center in Washington, DC and the McConnell Center for Political Leadership and Excellence at the University of Louisville.

A native of Indiana, Ms. Bailey worked for eight years as an elementary school teacher. She was the co-founder in 1984 of the Louisville Ronald McDonald House, a home away from home for the families of critically and terminally ill children who are receiving care from nearby hospitals. This focus on children prompted her to found Operation Open Arms, a charity dedicated to caring for babies of incarcerated women. She served that organization as President from 2001 through 2004, and for this effort she has received the 2003 Unsung Heroine Award sponsored by Mitsubishi Motors.

Ms. Bailey has worked as a volunteer on the board of directors of the Kentucky Opera and the Kentucky Arts and Crafts Foundation. She actively participated in the Mitch McConnell campaign for United States Senate, the Republican National Senatorial Committee, and the Republican Governors Association.

In 2002, she received the S. Tilford Payne, Jr. Award for outstanding political volunteer services and contributions.

 



Released on February 15, 2005

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