POSTED: Friday, November 15, 2013 - 5:26pm
UPDATED: Saturday, November 16, 2013 - 11:02am
Tyler, Texas (KETK) — An East Texan has been appointed as the United States Ambassador to the Dominican Republic by President Barack Obama.
James “Wally” Brewster, who is originally from Lindale, attended Tyler Junior College and is now the fifth openly LGBT ambassador to be appointed this year.
He has been confirmed by the United States Senate and his swearing in ceremony by Vice President Joe Biden, will take place in Washington, D.C., on November 22.
After graduating from Texas A&M University in 1983 with a degree in Business Administration, he began working in Dallas at the Jim Collins Company and Carla Francis Incorporated.
A close friend of Brewster's, Sarah Bryan, tells KETK, she and Wally have been close friends for the past 34 years.
"I'm very proud of him," said Bryan. "This has been a goal of his for several years and an exhausting process from being nominated to being confirmed. He has spent a lot of time in the Dominican Republic and will be a very dedicated and effective Ambassador, representing the United States well. I wish him the very best and I will be visiting him."
Brewster now resides in Chicago with his partner, Bob Satawake, and is a managing partner at SB&K Global, a consulting firm. He was also heavily involved in the fundraising to elect President Obama.