Utah's governor was confirmed Friday by the U.S. Senate as ambassador to China shortly before senators adjourned for their August recess.
Huntsman's nomination was by unanimous consent. There was no debate. His confirmation means Lt. Gov. Gary Herbert can go forward with Tuesday's swearing-in ceremony at the state Capitol Rotunda.
Huntsman is scheduled to deliver his farewell address to Utahns at the noontime inauguration, which is open to the public.