Monday night President Obama re-nominated New York pastor Suzan Johnson Cook to fill the long-vacant post of ambassador for international religious freedom, after her nomination failed to make it out of a Senate committee last year.

When Cook’s nomination expired, religious freedom groups like Open Doors USA urged the president to “reconsider” his nominee and find someone with experience in the field. Cook has served as a pastor in the Bronx, a chaplain to the New York Police Department, and an adviser in the Clinton White House. During her brief confirmation hearing in November, where only one senator asked a question, she described her international religious freedom experience as overseas travel and work with World Vision. (See “One and done,” Nov. 17, 2010.)

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