Former U.S. Sen. Joe Donnelly nominated to be Vatican ambassador
Another Hoosier is joining the Biden administration. The president Friday nominated former U.S. Sen. Joe Donnelly to be ambassador to the Vatican.
Donnelly – like Biden, a Catholic – had campaigned for Biden, writing an op-ed last year talking about their shared faith tradition.
The Hoosier Democrat graduated from the University of Notre Dame in 1977 with a bachelor's degree in political science and went on to earn his law degree from the university four years later.
Elected in 2006, he served three terms in the U.S. House representing Indiana's 2nd congressional district — which includes Notre Dame — before winning the race to replace former U.S. Sen. Richard Lugar in 2012. He lost his re-election bid in 2018 to now Sen. Mike Braun (R-Ind.).
His appointment as ambassador to the Holy See must be confirmed by the Senate.