The United States Senate unanimously confirmed the nomination of Utah Governor Jon Huntsman as Ambassador to China. Huntsman was nominated to the position by President Barack Obama.

Huntsman resigned from his post in Utah before an inauguration ceremony for   Lt. Governor Gary Herbert Tuesday. Huntsman will be sworn in as Ambassador before departing for China.

“This is an important time in our nation''s relationship with China, I appreciate the confidence of the Senate and the President to represent our country,” Huntsman said. “Serving the people of Utah has been our family’s greatest honor. I thank the citizens for their continued support.”