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Kentucky’s Kelly Knight Craft nominated to be U.S. Ambassador to United Nations by Pres. Trump

President Donald Trump has announced that he will nominate Kentuckian Kelly Craft, currently U.S. Ambassador to Canada, as U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations.

She will have to be confirmed by the Senate.

Craft, who is a native of Glasgow, lived in Lexington until her appointment to Canada in October 2017 when she and her husband, Joe, moved to Ottawa.

Kelly Knight Craft

“The President made an exceptional choice for this critical post. Kelly Craft is a strong advocate for American interests and will be a powerful representative of our great nation at the U.N.,” said Sen. Mitch McConnell. “She has a long record of service to her state and the nation and I’m confident she will continue to serve with distinction as America’s voice to the world at the United Nations. I was proud to recommend this remarkable Kentuckian to President Trump.”

Craft headed Kelly G. Knight, LLC, a business advisory firm based in Lexington. She was appointed in 2007 by then-President George W. Bush to serve as a U.S. delegate to the United Nations.

She has served in key roles for several organizations, including the board of directors for the Salvation Army, and the Center for Rural Development, a non-profit dedicated to economic progress in rural Kentucky.

She is a co-founder of the Craft Academy for Science and Mathematics at Morehead State University and a member of the University of Kentucky Board of Trustees, where she earned a bachelor’s degree.

Craft grew up in Glasgow, the daughter of late veterinarian Dr. Bobby Guilfoil. She graduated from the University of Kentucky and is married to Joseph Craft who owns Alliance Resource Partners, a coal company. She has two children from a previous marriage.

She has long been a Republican activist, having served as finance chair for the Republican Party of Kentucky and is known as a skillful fundraiser

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