- Associated Press - Tuesday, July 16, 2019

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - U.S. Ambassador to Japan Bill Hagerty is currently in the process of resigning his position as he prepares to run for Tennessee’s open U.S. Senate seat.

State Department officials announced on Tuesday that the 59-year-old Republican will resign later this month. He has served in the diplomatic post for nearly two years.

President Donald Trump announced last week in a tweet that Hagerty was leaving the embassy to launch a Senate bid and that Hagerty would have his complete endorsement. The seat is being vacated by outgoing U.S. Sen. Lamar Alexander, who has announced he won’t seek reelection.

Hagerty is currently barred from commenting on his election in his current position and has not yet released a statement.

Joseph M. Young will take over the embassy position in the interim.



Sign up for Daily Newsletters

Copyright © 2019 The Washington Times, LLC.

The Washington Times Comment Policy

The Washington Times welcomes your comments on Spot.im, our third-party provider. Please read our Comment Policy before commenting.

 

Click to Read More and View Comments

Click to Hide