Tutwiler Nominated to U.S. State Department

Washington, DC – Birmingham native Margaret Tutwiler has been nominated to a senior post in the U-S State Department. President Bush has chosen her for an appointment as undersecretary for public diplomacy and public affairs. The position would allow her to work on America's image across the world. The nomination requires Senate approval, and Tutwiler's appointment has not been controversial. However, during an appearance this week before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, members told her the job will be difficult. Tutwiler said she would work with Congress and be open to ideas. She described her role as helping America dig itself out of an unfortunate situation. Tutwiler is 52 years old. She's a 1973 graduate of the University of Alabama and served as an assistant secretary of state under former President George Bush and more recently as the U-S ambassador to Morocco.