WASHINGTON (MyFoxBoston.com) -- Caroline Kennedy has been nominated as ambassador to Japan by President Barack Obama.
The president announced the nomination to the public Wednesday afternoon.
Kennedy would be the first woman to serve as ambassador to Japan if confirmed by the Senate.
The 55-year-old is an attorney and author, as well as the current president of the John F. Kennedy Library Foundation and chair of the Senior Advisory Committee of the Institute of Politics at Harvard University. She was one of the most high-profile supporters for President Obama on the campaign trail.
Kennedy joins a long line of prominent American envoys to Japan, including Vice President Walter Mondale, House Speaker Tom Foley, and former Senate Majority Leaders Mike Mansfield and Howard Baker.
The only daughter of President John F. Kennedy and first lady Jacqueline Bouvier Kennedy, who previously denied any political aspirations, has been viewed as a potential future presidential candidate among Democrats.