Alan Blinken

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Alan John Blinken
United States Ambassador to Belgium
In office
President Bill Clinton
Preceded by Bruce Gelb
Succeeded by Paul L. Cejas
Personal details
Born 1937 (age 79–80)
Political party Democratic
Spouse(s) Melinda Koch
Children 4 children
Alma mater Harvard University, B.A.
Profession Financial services
Religion Judaism

Alan John Blinken (born 1937) was the 2002 Democratic nominee for United States Senate in Idaho. He was defeated by the Republican incumbent, Larry Craig. Previously, as a resident of New York City in 1990, Blinken ran for the New York State Assembly in Manhattan, but lost to Republican John Ravitz.

Blinken served as United States ambassador to Belgium from 1993 to 1997. Professionally he worked in the financial services industry, serving as president of Model Roland & Co. and as managing director of Wertheim Schroder & Co. He was a director of the Belgium-based biopharmaceutical manufacturer UCB.

He is the grandson of the Ukrainian-born writer Meir Blinken. Blinken Auditorium at the Residential Academic Facility of The Washington Center is named after him.

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  1. ^ "Alan John Blinken". The Complete Marquis Who's Who (Fee (via Fairfax County Public Library). Marquis Who's Who (Gale Biography In Context). 2010. GALE|K2014391679. Retrieved 3 Aug 2011. 

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Party political offices
Preceded by
Walt Minnick
Democratic Party nominee, U.S. Senator (Class 2) from Idaho
2002 (lost)
Succeeded by
Larry LaRocco
Diplomatic posts
Preceded by
Bruce Gelb
United States Ambassador to Belgium
Succeeded by
Paul L. Cejas