Donald Trump nominates another Michigan man to be ambassador

WASHINGTON - President Donald Trump on Tuesday nominated Joseph Cella, who founded the National Catholic Prayer Breakfast and was raised in Michigan, to become U.S ambassador to the Republic of Fiji and other Pacific Island nations.

Cella was raised in Richmond, Mich., and currently lives in Augusta Township. He is the principal member of the Pontifex Group, a political and communications consulting firm, and worked for several members of Congress over nearly two decades.

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A graduate of Hillsdale College, Cella also served as chief liaison on Catholic affairs for the Trump campaign in 2016. In 2004, he co-founded Catholic Vote, a grass-roots lobbying and political action organization.

Trump nominated Cella to be ambassador to the Republic of Fiji, the Republic of Kiribati, the Republic of Nauru, the Kingdom of Tonga and Tuvalu, with the embassy representing all those nations in Suva, Fiji.

Cella's nomination requires confirmation by the U.S. Senate.

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