US President Donald Trump has nominated Federal Judge Edward Prado as Ambassador to Argentina.
Prado, 70, has served as a judge for nearly 34 years, first in his home state of Texas, where he spent 19 years on a district tribunal; and later as a federal judge on the US Court of Appeals for the 5th Circuit.
Given his reputation, Prado's nomination is unlikely to face any hurdles in the Senate. His 2003 nomination as a federal judge by then president George W. Bush passed the Senate unanimously, 97-0.
Prior to his appointment as a District Court Judge in Texas, Prado served as Assistant Public Defender, Assistant District Attorney, and as a District Attorney. As a youth, he served in the US Army Reserve.
The US Embassy in Argentina has not had an ambassador since January 2017.
If his nomination is approved, Prado will fill a vacancy left by former ambassador Noah Mamet who resigned on news of Trump having won office. It is protocol for political appointees like Mamet to step down upon a change of government.