May 15, 2018: Gordon D. Sondland was nominated as the U.S. Representative to the European Union, with the rank of Ambassador, on Thursday, May 10, 2018. Sondland, of Washington, is founder, chairman and chief executive office rof Aspen Lodging Group LLC. For nearly fifteen years, Sondland managed the Aspen Group, an investment fund, and he has worked on the Advisory Board of U.S. Bancorp for more than ten years. He was previously the Senior Republican Adviser to the Oregon Governor. He has also worked as the chairman of the executive committee of the Portland Art Museum. Sondland attended the University of Washington in Seattle.