A prominent Iowa Republican is awaiting the official word from the White House before she’ll release all the details of her nomination to be an Ambassador to a country in a “warm climate.” Mary Kramer of Clive is president of the Iowa Senate. Kramer says she’s “honored and humbled” by the opportunity to represent our country as an Ambassador. Kramer does not plan to resign from the Iowa Senate anytime soon. She says there’s a lot of steps left in the process and they sometimes involve the U.S. Senate, so she says she can’t predict how long the process will take. Kramer says it’s important to keep the focus on the job she’s in, and says she’ll do that. Kramer has made it through the security clearance. She’s presently waiting for the country she’d be serving in to accept her nomination — it’s at that point the nomination becomes formal. After that, she must attend a hearing in the U.S. Senate and win confirmation from the Senate, too. Kramer is a retired Blue Cross Blue Shield human resources executive. The top aid in Kramer’s Iowa Senate office, Becky Beach, is close to former President and Barbara Bush and coordinated the Bush family’s movements during George W.’s inauguration.