Posted on November 4, 2003
I'm always excited to see Tennesseans who have dedicated their lives to serving our country and achieved the highest levels in their field. While we earned the nickname "the Volunteer State" through the bravery of Tennesseans who volunteered for the Mexican War, Civil War, and other wars since, the spirit of volunteerism is also reflected by those who dedicate themselves to public service. Margaret Scobey is one of those Tennesseans. Ms. Scobey was born in Memphis and attended the University of Tennessee, in Knoxville, where she earned both her bachelor's degree in 1971 and master's degree in 1973. She joined the Foreign Service in 1981, and has served with distinction, earning multiple awards while representing the United States in places such as Pakistan, Israel, Kuwait, Yemen, and most recently in Saudi Arabia. She speaks both Spanish and Arabic. Americans will be well-served to have Ms. Scobey representing them in Damascus.