Tuesday, 21 Sep 2021

Denver LGBTQ activist Scott Miller nominated for Swiss ambassadorship

Scott Miller, a Denver gay rights activist and wealthy donor to LGBTQ causes, was nominated Friday to be the next ambassador to Switzerland and Liechtenstein.

His nomination now goes to the U.S. Senate, which must confirm Miller before he can take office in the Swiss capital of Bern. In a statement, Miller said he looks forward to meeting with senators to discuss the two Alpine nations.

“If I’m fortunate enough to be confirmed, I hope to build on the work of my predecessors to strengthen the already solid relationship we have with the Swiss and Liechtensteiners, including our dynamic trade, investment and defense partnerships,” he added.

Miller and his husband, Tim Gill, have donated more than $500 million to LGBTQ causes through the Gill Foundation, which is headquartered in Denver. Miller is a board member and directs the foundation’s national giving strategy.

“Scott Miller’s commitments to equality and opportunity will showcase the best of Colorado and our nation, in Switzerland and on the international stage,” said U.S. Sen. John Hickenlooper, a Democrat.

Miller and Gill are also major donors to Democratic candidates, including President Joe Biden. They spent $50,000 trying to draft Biden into the 2016 race (he declined to run) and hosted a fundraiser for Biden in Denver in September 2019. Miller was also a consultant for Biden’s campaign that year.

Miller, 42, was previously a vice president at UBS Wealth Management’s office in Denver. UBS is a Swiss company and one of the largest private banks in the world.

Miller is the second Coloradan to be nominated by Biden for an ambassadorship. Ken Salazar, a former U.S. senator and interior secretary, was nominated to be ambassador to Mexico on June 15. He is awaiting confirmation by the Senate.

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