Dan Rooney Hearing before Senate Foreign Relations Committee
On St. Patrick's Day, President Obama announced his intent to nominate Dan Rooney, the Chairman and principal owner of the Pittsburgh Steelers, to be the next United States Ambassador to Ireland. Yesterday, I had the opportunity to deliver an opening statement at Dan's confirmation hearing conveying my strong endorsement of Dan as an ideal American to represent our Nation’s interests in the Emerald Isle.
Dan is a good friend, an outstanding leader, and a proud Pennsylvanian. Dan’s lifelong interest in the Irish culture and his passion for fostering a greater partnership between our two nations gives me confidence that he is the right man for the job. Although this nomination means he will be parting with the Steelers, I know that Dan is leaving our beloved team in good hands. I look forward to his confirmation and his future service to our country.