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Edward L. Romero
U.S. Ambassador to Spain and Andorra

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On April 2, 1998, President Clinton announced his intent to nominate Edward L. Romero to be U.S. Ambassador to Spain. On June 1, the President named him to serve concurrently as Ambassador to Andorra. The Senate confirmed the nomination on June 23. Ambassador Romero arrived in Madrid on June 28 and presented his credentials to King Juan Carlos on June 30, 1998.

Edward L. Romero, of Albuquerque, New Mexico, is a Korean War veteran and the founder, chairman and chief executive officer of Advanced Sciences, Inc., an international environmental engineering and waste management corporation that recently merged with Commodore Applied Technologies, Inc., a publicly traded technology company. Fluent in Spanish, Ambassador Romero has been a member of the U.S. Trade Representative's Services Policy Advisory Committee and has led a number of U.S. delegations to Mexico. During the Carter administration he served on the federal advisory committee for trade negotiations and he was a member of the U.S. delegation to the Helsinki Accords. In addition to his business success, Ambassador Romero is a well-known leader in the Hispanic community. He has served on the President's Hispanic Advisory Committee, was a founding member of the Albuquerque Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, and serves on the board of directors of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute. In 1989, Ambassador Romero was named National Hispanic Businessman of the Year by the Hispanic Chamber of the Commerce. Ambassador Romero is actively engaged in a variety of civic and charitable activities. He has received numerous awards and acknowledgments from such organizations as the National Kidney Foundation, the New Mexico Anti-Defamation League, the National Hispanic Scholarship Foundation, and the Multiple Sclerosis Society.

Ambassador Romero was born on January 2, 1934, to a family whose ancestors arrived in North America in 1598 from Spain. He studied in California at Los Angeles State College and Citrus College.

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