Since August 1, 2011, the ambassador to the United States from India, the world’s second most populous nation (population: 1.14 billion) has been Nirupama Rao. A seasoned diplomat, she is the third woman to serve in the position and the second in a row.
Nancy Jo Powell, President Obama’s choice to be the next U.S. ambassador to India, has been a career member of the Foreign Service for 34 years and holds its highest rank, Career Ambassador. She has already served as ambassador to two other South Asian countries, Pakistan and Nepal, and also spent three years in India. President Obama announced his intent to nominate Powell on December 16, 2011. She was confirmed by the Senate on March 29, 2012.
Sworn in the U.S. ambassador to India on July 23, 2009, Tim Roemer is an example of an ambassadorial appointment grounded not in six- or seven-figure bundles of cash, like some of those chosen by President Barack Obama, but in priceless political support that came at a crucial time. As a former congressman from the red state of Indiana, Roemer came out early in favor of Obama while he was battling Hillary Clinton for the Democratic presidential nomination. Although Obama lost the Indiana primary to his rival, the outcome was so close that some observers saw it as more of a victory for the eventual nominee than for the one-time frontrunner. Obama did, however, carry the Hoosier State in the general election against Republican John McCain, and Obama wasn’t about to forget all the campaigning Roemer did in his home state for the president.