As the U.S. Senate is considering former Utah Governor Jon Huntsman as the U.S. Ambassador to Russia, I am reminded of a former U.S. Ambassador to the Soviet Union, Robert Strauss. Ambassador Strauss served in that position under U.S. President George H.W. Bush and is one of the founders in 1945 of the powerful international law firm, Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld. He also was a presidential advisor to both Presidents H.W. Bush and Jimmy Carter. He truly represents an American leader who served his Country without regard to a political affiliation. Something that is missing in today’s political world. Ambassador Strauss is a kind and wonderful man, who had a positive personal impact on me as I worked for U.S. Speaker of the House, Jim Wright. He was kind enough to write me a heartfelt and glowing recommendation letter that was key in helping me to gain admission to the law school. My gratitude to him for his role in my life is something for which I will forever be grateful.

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