Obama's Mexican ambassador pick jumps Rubio hurdle, gets confirmed by Senate

President Obama's pick for ambassador to Mexico has been confirmed by the Senate after enduring a nearly nine-month block by former presidential candidate Marco Rubio.

Roberta Jacobson, the assistant secretary of state for Western Hemisphere affairs, was approved by voice vote Thursday evening.

Back in November, Rubio, a senator from Florida, objected to her nomination because of her work negotiating the Obama administration's normalization with Cuba. At the time, Rubio had been in the midst of a running a campaign for president.

Jacobson was selected by Obama in June, after his previous choice, Maria Echaveste, withdrew in January 2015. Jacobson was approved by the foreign relations committee in early November by a 12-7 vote in which Rubio voted against her.

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