March 12, 2019: John Linder was nominated as the U.S. Ambassador to the Association of Southeast Asian Nations on Friday, March 8, 2019. Linder, Georgia Republican, was previously a nine-term Member of the U.S. House of Representatives, from 1993 to 2011. He was on the House Rules Committee for eight years, and he was a Member of the Ways and Means Committee, where he was the Ranking Member of the Subcommittee on Income and Family Security. He was also a Member of the House Homeland Security Committee, where he was the Chairman of the Subcommittee on Prevention of Nuclear and Biological Attack. Linder was a small business owner, and he led the Linder Financial Corporation from 1977 to 1993. He was previously a dental officer at the U.S. Air Force, and he led a private dental practice in Atlanta. Linder received a B.S. degree from the University of Minnesota, Duluth, and a D.D.S. from the University of Minnesota School of Dentistry.