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Senate panel Oks ex-sen. Scott Brown in New Zealand envoy

The Senate Foreign Relations Committee on the nomination of former sen. Scott Brown to the US has approved Ambassador to new Zealand.

The move by voice vote on Thursday-all but assured that the full Senate confirm that brown is the choice for the post after the Memorial Day break.

Brown is a Republican, represented Massachusetts in the Senate from 2010 to 2013. He won a special election to fill the seat in the possession of the late Democratic Sen. Ted Kennedy, a Democrat.

Brown lost the seat to Democrat Elizabeth Warren, and in 2014, he lost a Senate race in New Hampshire, Democratic sen. Jeanne Shaheen.

Brown faced no opposition during his confirmation hearing last week.

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