U.S. Embassy Samoa, Press Release.
H.E. Mr. Scott Brown, the new Ambassador of the United States of America to Samoa arrived in Apia, on Wednesday 26th July 2017. He is accompanied by his spouse, Mrs. Gail Brown. Ambassador Brown is here to present his Letter of Credence to the Head of State of the Independent State of Samoa, His Highness Tuimaleali’ifano Va’aleto’a Sualauvi II, and to meet with Government dignitaries thereafter. The credentials ceremony took place this morning at the Official Head of State’s residence at Vailele.
Ambassador Brown was born on 12th September, 1959 in Kittery, Maine and earned a B.A. from Tufts University and a J.D. from Boston College Law School. He has Honorary Doctorates from Lasell College (Humanitarian Letters) and Nichols College (Public Administration).
Ambassador Brown was nominated to be the Ambassador of the United States of America to Samoa and New Zealand by President Donald Trump on April 20, 2017. The U.S. Senate confirmed Ambassador Brown’s appointment on June 8, 2017 and he was sworn in by the Deputy Secretary of State, John Sullivan on June 15, 2017. He was overwhelmingly confirmed by the U.S. Senate and was the second Ambassador worldwide to assume duties for the Trump administration, thus highlighting the importance of the U.S. relationship with Samoa and New Zealand. He is a prominent political leader, attorney, and National Guardsman with a long history of public service.
Ambassador Brown is a former U.S. Senator and during his time in the Senate, he was known as the most bipartisan Senator. He was the ranking member on the Armed Services Committee, as well as the Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs, as well as a member of the Veteran’s Committee and the Committee on Small Business. As an elected official, he worked extensively on sex offender, child trafficking and other law enforcement issues to keep children and families safe.
Ambassador Brown served in the enlisted and officer ranks of the Massachusetts and Maryland National Guard. He retired as a Colonel after 35 years of service, the last four of which he served as the Deputy to the Chief Counsel to the Chief of the National Guard Bureau at the Pentagon. While maintaining his law practice he was also a contracted contributor and analyst for Fox National News.
The Ambassador will depart Samoa with his wife over the weekend and will return to Wellington, New Zealand.