President Obama announces nomination of new U.S. Ambassador to Norway

Ambassador Samuel D. Heins (U.S. Embassy photo)
Ambassador Samuel D. Heins

On May 13 2015, President Obama announced his intent to nominate Samuel D. Heins from Minnesota to the post as Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the United States of America to the Kingdom of Norway.

The U.S. Senate will now schedule a hearing of Samuel Heins, before proceeding with confirmation proceedings. His arrival to Norway will depend on the confirmation schedule and other practical matters.

Biography of Samuel D. Heins:
Samuel D. Heins is a lawyer and human rights advocate. In 1982, he founded, organized and served as the first Board Chair for the Minnesota Advocates for Human Rights, an organization that provides legal monitoring and aid on rights issues including education, women’s rights, immigration and refugee issues, and the death penalty.  In 1985, he co-founded the Center for Victims of Torture to provide health services, research and advocacy for victims of torture, where he continues to serve as a board member. He was recognized for his ongoing human rights efforts in 1987 with the Minnesota Governor’s Honor Award for International Human Rights Activities and in 2008 with the Advocates’ Don and Arvonne Fraser Human Rights Award.  In 2011, he also served as a Private Citizen Member of the U.S. Mission to the U.N. Human Rights Council.  In addition, Heins is a senior partner at the firm of Heins Mills & Olson, where he has served as lead counsel in various securities fraud and antitrust actions securing awards totaling in excess of $3 billion.  He serves on the Board of Governors of the Endowment Campaign of the University of Minnesota Law School, as well as on the board of the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) of Minnesota.  Heins earned a B.A. and J.D. from the University of Minnesota, and was awarded the school’s Regent’s Distinguished Alumni Award in 2010.