Benson Whitney

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Benson K. Whitney
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United States Ambassador to Norway
In office
November 28, 2005 – October 21, 2009
President George W. Bush
Preceded by John D. Ong
Succeeded by Barry B. White
Personal details
Born August 17, 1956
Saint Paul, Minnesota
Nationality American
Political party Republican
Spouse(s) Mary
Relations Wheelock Whitney, Jr. (Father)
Children Cope, David, Lock, Torry
Parents Wheelock Whitney, Jr.
Alma mater Vassar College and the University of Minnesota Law School
Profession Jurist

Benson Kelley Whitney (born August 17, 1956 in Saint Paul, Minnesota)[1] was the United States Ambassador to Norway from 2006 to 2009. He was managing general partner of the Gideon Hixon Fund and former President of the Minnesota Venture Capital Association. He was also chief executive officer of Whitney Management Company. Whitney was the Minnesota Executive Director and Minnesota Finance Chair for the Bush-Cheney 2004 presidential campaign. Whitney has a BA magna cum laude from Vassar College in Poughkeepsie, New York and a JD from the University of Minnesota Law School in Minneapolis (1987), graduating as an editor of the Law Review, Order of the Coif, Magna Cum Laude, and winner of the Amos Deinard Award for Scholarship.

Benson K. Whitney was nominated as the U.S. Ambassador to the Kingdom of Norway by President George W. Bush on September 23, 2005. His nomination was confirmed by the U.S. Senate on October 28, 2005, and he was sworn in by Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice on November 28, 2005. He presented his credentials to His Majesty King Harald V on January 12, 2006.

Ambassador Whitney’s career has included extensive experience in business, law, and community affairs. Ambassador Whitney practiced law with Popham, Haik, Schnobrich, and Kaufman Ltd. specializing in health care, cable television and other regulated industries as well as election law. He then served as Managing General Partner of the Gideon Hixon Fund, an evergreen venture capital fund focused on early stage technology and health care companies in Minnesota and California. Ambassador Whitney was elected President of the Minnesota Venture Capital Association and advised and managed several other venture funds. He has served as Chief Executive Officer of Whitney Management Company, a private investment advisory firm.

Ambassador Whitney has been involved throughout his life in public affairs and government reform efforts in both professional and volunteer capacities on the local, state and national levels. He served as Minnesota Executive Director and Minnesota Finance Chair for Bush-Cheney ’04, as well as Minnesota Finance Chair for the Republican National Committee.

Ambassador Whitney has been a trustee, director, chairman or advisor of a number of non-profits including the Guthrie Theater, Wilderness Inquiry, Persephone Fund, Headwaters Fund, Minnesotans for Term Limits, and the Minneapolis Academy. He is a member of the Basilica of St. Mary in Minneapolis where he has served as a liturgical minister.

Ambassador Whitney and his wife Mary have four children - Cope, David, Lock and Torry.[2] His father is Minneapolis businessman Wheelock Whitney, Jr..

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References[edit]

  1. ^ USA roser norsk kamp mot terror Aftenposten, February 9, 2006, see pink fact book on right.
  2. ^ U.S. Embassy Oslo ‐ Public Affairs Newsletter, July 2009, p. 2.

External links[edit]

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Diplomatic posts
Preceded by
John D. Ong
U.S. Ambassador to Norway
2006–2009
Succeeded by
Barry B. White