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David Horton Wilkins
David Wilkins

In office
June 29, 2005 – present
Preceded by Paul Cellucci

Born October 12, 1946 (1946-10-12) (age 60)
Greenville, South Carolina
Political party Republican
Spouse Susan Clary
Children James, Robert
Religion Baptist

David Horton Wilkins (born October 12, 1946) is the current United States Ambassador to Canada. Prior to the appointment, he was the Speaker of the South Carolina House of Representatives. Image File history File links David H. Wilkins File history Legend: (cur) = this is the current file, (del) = delete this old version, (rev) = revert to this old version. ... This is a list of ambassadors from the United States to Canada. ... is the 180th day of the year (181st in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2005 (MMV) was a common year starting on Saturday (link displays full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... Paul Cellucci Argeo Paul Cellucci (born April 24, 1948) better known as Paul Cellucci, is an American politician and diplomat, former Governor of Massachusetts, and former Ambassador to Canada. ... is the 285th day of the year (286th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1946 (MCMXLVI) was a common year starting on Tuesday (link will display full 1946 calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... Greenville is the third largest city in the state of South Carolina. ... The Republican Party is one of two major contemporary political parties in the United States of America, along with the Democratic Party. ... Topics in Christianity Movements · Denominations · Other religions Ecumenism · Preaching · Prayer Music · Liturgy · Calendar Symbols · Art · Criticism Important figures Apostle Paul · Church Fathers Constantine · Athanasius · Augustine Anselm · Aquinas · Palamas · Luther Calvin · Wesley Arius · Marcion of Sinope Archbishop of Canterbury · Catholic Pope Coptic Pope · Ecumenical Patriarch Christianity Portal This box:      Baptist is... is the 285th day of the year (286th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1946 (MCMXLVI) was a common year starting on Tuesday (link will display full 1946 calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... An ambassador, rarely embassador, is a diplomatic official accredited to a foreign sovereign or government, or to an international organization, to serve as the official representative of his or her own country. ... The South Carolina House of Representatives is the lower house of the South Carolina General Assembly. ...

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Early life

The son of William Walter and Evelyn Wilkins of Greenville, South Carolina, Wilkins graduated from Greenville High School, then attended Clemson University on a tennis scholarship and graduated cum laude with a bachelor's degree in 1968. He then received his law degree from the University of South Carolina. After serving as a first lieutenant in the United States Army in the early 1970s, he returned to Greenville, where he practiced law for more than 30 years. Greenville is the third largest city in the state of South Carolina. ... Clemson University is a public, coeducational, land-grant, research university located in Clemson, South Carolina, United States. ... For other uses, see Tennis (disambiguation). ... This article is about scholarship (noun) and scholarship as a form of financial aid. ... Latin honors are Latin phrases used to indicate the level of academic distinction with which an academic degree was earned. ... A bachelors degree is usually an undergraduate academic degree awarded for a course or major that generally lasts for three, four, or in some cases and countries, five or six years. ... The University of South Carolina, Columbia (USC or Carolina) is a public, co-educational, research university located in Columbia, South Carolina, United States. ... First Lieutenant is a military rank. ... The United States Army is the largest and oldest branch of the armed forces of the United States. ... For other uses, see Law (disambiguation). ...


David and his wife Susan have two sons, James and Robert. Both are married and work in Greenville.


State Legislator

Wilkins was first elected to the South Carolina House of Representatives in 1980 and served there for 25 years. He quickly rose through the ranks of the Democratically-controlled House of Representatives, serving six years as chairman of the House Judiciary Committee and two years as speaker pro tem before being elected speaker, a position he held for 11 years. He was the first Republican elected speaker of any legislative body in the South since Reconstruction and retired as the third longest serving speaker in South Carolina history. Official language(s) English Capital Charleston(1670-1789) Columbia(1790-present) Largest city Columbia Largest metro area Columbia Area  Ranked 40th  - Total 34,726 sq mi (82,965 km²)  - Width 200 miles (320 km)  - Length 260 miles (420 km)  - % water 6  - Latitude 32° 2′ N to 35° 13′ N  - Longitude... For other uses, see Reconstruction (disambiguation). ...


In his 25 years in the Legislature, David Wilkins was on the cutting-edge of most major reform legislation including South Carolina’s historic ethics bill and the Education Accountability Act. Wilkins played a key role in the relocation of the Confederate flag from the State Capitol Building. The following are the flags used by the short-lived Confederate States of America. ...


As Speaker he also played a key role in banning video gambling from South Carolina and worked to prevent a state lottery. A Video Lottery Terminal or VLT is a gambling machine that allows gamblers to bet on the outcome of a video game. ...


Under his watch, the state adopted the Martin Luther King holiday. A Republican, Wilkins was widely respected by members of both political parties for being fair and even-handed in running the House. While the country experienced a severe economic downturn during Wilkins' years as speaker, he refused to raise taxes and as a result, South Carolina was one of only a handful of states that did not raise taxes during the recession of the 1990s. Martin Luther King Jr. ...


Throughout his career, Wilkins has received numerous awards including the 2004 Excellence in State Legislative Leadership Award from the National Conference of State Legislatures. In naming Wilkins for this prestigious national award, his staunch position for relocating the Confederate flag was cited as well as his refusal to cancel a national conference in the wake of the 9-11 terror attacks.


Wilkins has been named Outstanding Legislator of the Year by a wide range of organizations. He was past President of the National Speakers' Association and past chairman of the Southern Legislative Conference.


Wilkins resigned as Speaker of the South Carolina House on June 2, 2005. is the 153rd day of the year (154th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2005 (MMV) was a common year starting on Saturday (link displays full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ...


A strong supporter of President George W. Bush, Wilkins served as state chairman of the Bush–Cheney '04 campaign and as co-chair of the campaign in 2000. He was appointed by the President to the Board of Visitors to the United States Military Academy at West Point in 2002. poop This article is about the presidential campaign of George W. Bush, the incumbent President of the United States and winner of the 2004 Presidential Election. ... “USMA” redirects here. ...


Ambassador to Canada

On April 4, 2005, it was reported that Wilkins would be chosen as the new U.S. ambassador to Canada, replacing Paul Cellucci. President Bush officially nominated him for the post on April 27, and he formally became U.S. Ambassador to Canada on June 29 when he presented his credentials to Governor General Adrienne Clarkson. Before his appointment, Wilkins had only been to Canada once, when he was in the U.S. Army Reserve three decades prior. is the 94th day of the year (95th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2005 (MMV) was a common year starting on Saturday (link displays full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... An ambassador, rarely embassador, is a diplomatic official accredited to a foreign sovereign or government, or to an international organization, to serve as the official representative of his or her own country. ... Paul Cellucci Argeo Paul Cellucci (born April 24, 1948) better known as Paul Cellucci, is an American politician and diplomat, former Governor of Massachusetts, and former Ambassador to Canada. ... April 27 is the 117th day of the year (118th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar, with 248 days remaining. ... is the 180th day of the year (181st in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... The Governor General of Canada (French (feminine): Gouverneure générale du Canada or (masculine) Gouverneur général du Canada) is the vice-regal representative in Canada of the Canadian monarch, who is the head of state; Canada is one of sixteen Commonwealth realms, all of which share the... Adrienne Louise Clarkson (née Poy) (Chinese: ; Pinyin: , Hakka: Ńg Pên-kî, Cantonese: Ng5 Bing1 zi1), PC, CC, CMM, COM, CD, LL.D (honoris causa) (born February 10, 1939) is an accomplished Canadian journalist and stateswoman. ...


The Wilkins arrived in Canada in June 2005 and in less than nine months on the job, the Ambassador had travelled to every province and territory in Canada.


Upon his arrival in Canada, the Ambassador immediately pledged his steadfast commitment to "strengthening the ties that bind our two great nations." Two recent polls (Woodrow Wilson Institute and GlobeScan survey) both show Canadians feel more warmly about their neighbors to the south than they did at the same time last year.


In the 20 months of his tenure as ambassador, the top irritant between the nations – softwood lumber – was resolved, despite protests by the Canadian lumber industry.


David Wilkins is a strong advocate for his country's positions. The United States has long maintained, for example, that the Northwest Passage is a strait used for international navigation, despite being Canadian territory. Under the 1982 United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea this means that all ships and aircraft enjoy the right of transit passage. For other uses, see Northwest Passage (disambiguation). ... United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea Opened for signature December 10, 1982 in Montego Bay (Jamaica) Entered into force November 16, 1994[1] Conditions for entry into force 60 ratifications Parties 149[2] For maritime law in general see Admiralty law. ...


Ambassador Wilkins will serve in Canada until the end of President Bush’s term in 2008. He is frequently named as a potential candidate for governor of South Carolina in the next election. He has given no indication of future plans. A list of South Carolina Governors. ...


Rendition controversy

On September 18, 2005, Wilkins was asked whether the United States regretted "rendering" innocent Canadian Maher Arar to Syria, where he was tortured: "You talking about regrets by the United States?" Wilkins said in an interview with the Canadian Press, "The United States made that decision based on the facts it had, in the best interests of the people of the United States, and we stand behind it." He also said: "Will there be other deportations in the future? I'd be surprised if there's not."[1] Extraordinary rendition and irregular rendition are terms used to describe the extrajudicial transfer of a person from one state to another with the intent of legally torturing them outside of the jurisdiction of a state which prohibits it. ... Maher Arar (born 1970 in Syria) is a Canadian software engineer who was subjected to the United States policy of extraordinary rendition, a process where detainees are transferred from one country to another, with the expectation that they may be tortured in the country to which they are rendered. ...


Wilkins seemed unfamiliar with The Monterey Accord, which Canadian politicians had assured Canadians would preclude a repeat of Arar's rendition and torture.


The Canadian government has publicly apologized for the wrongful detention and treatment of Arar and paid him $10 million in compensation.


When Minister Stockwell Day suggested that the U.S. change its watch list to reflect Canadian viewpoints, Ambassador Wilkins pointed out that Canadian leaders would never tolerate United States officials dictating whom Canadian officials can and cannot allow into Canada.


In a statement released by the U.S Embassy, Wilkins said:

Based upon requests from Canada, the information in this case has been reexamined by the appropriate U.S. agencies. After that thorough review, the United States Government informed Canada of its decision to keep Mr. Arar on a U.S. watch list. We are standing by that decision.

We thank Canada for respecting the right and responsibility of the United States to protect our citizens just as respect Canada’s right to do the same.

Trusteeship

David H. Wilkins was elected by Clemson University to a life trustees seat on its 13 member board on March 28, 2007. Wilkins has served on Clemson University's board of visitors, was awarded an honorary doctorate of humanities from Clemson in 2003, and has earned the Alumni Association's Distinguished Service Award.


References

http://clemsonews.clemson.edu/WWW_releases/2007/March/gressette_wilkins.html


http://www.cbc.ca/news/background/arar/


External links

Preceded by
Paul Cellucci
US ambassador to Canada
2005 – present
Succeeded by
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