Chicago lawyer named U.S. ambassador to Canada

David Jacobson, a Chicago lawyer and key fundraiser for Barack Obama during his run for the White House, has been named the U.S. ambassador to Canada.

WASHINGTON — David Jacobson, a Chicago lawyer and key fundraiser for Barack Obama during his run for the White House, has been named the U.S. ambassador to Canada.

The Obama administration announced the 57-year-old Jacobson’s widely anticipated appointment on Thursday.

The lawyer served as the deputy finance chairman of Obama’s presidential campaign.

He’s now working in the White House as a special assistant in the Office of Presidential Personnel, helping Obama fill dozens of vacant administration jobs.

Jacobson lobbied for the Canadian job, a source close to the Obama administration said earlier Thursday.

He considers Canada a plum posting, and some observers think his appointment represents a coup for Canadians.

Maryscott (Scotty) Greenwood, the executive director of the Washington-based Canadian-American Business Council, says Jacobson’s close relationship with the president will mean good things for Canada.

She calls his selection a “terrific choice, an inspired choice.”

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