President Joe Biden has nominated Cindy McCain to serve as the U.S. representative to the U.N. Agencies for Food and Agriculture, the White House said.
McCain, the widow of longtime Republican Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.), has a relationship with Biden that spans decades; she also endorsed the president during the 2020 election.
“I am deeply honored and look forward the [sic] work ahead,” McCain said on Twitter.
Jack Markell, the former Democratic governor of Biden’s home state of Delaware, is also among 17 “key” nominees announced by the White House. If confirmed by the Senate, Markell will become the U.S. ambassador to the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development. Others include Claire Cronin as the nominee for U.S. ambassador to Ireland, and Michael Carpenter as U.S. ambassador to the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe.
McCain previously described Biden during the 2020 presidential race as a leader who can cross party lines and unite the country.
“There’s only one candidate in this race who stands up for our values as a nation,” she said last year, referring to Biden.
Several high-profile lawmakers, including Sens. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) and Kyrsten Sinema (D-Ariz.), congratulated McCain on social media for the nomination.
“I am confident Cindy will be a great partner to Governor David Beasley, who is in charge of the World Food Program,” Graham said. “She will be a great ambassador for this important cause, and I look forward to her confirmation.”
Sinema said: “Cindy McCain is a demonstrated humanitarian, civic, leader, and a terrific choice to represent America’s work with the United Nations combating famine and hunger crises around the world.
“As we emerge from the COVID-19 pandemic, Cindy’s leadership will prove even more important to the world’s vulnerable populations. I look forward to supporting her nomination, and I know she will make Arizona—and America—proud.”
McCain is the chair and director of Hensley & Co., a Phoenix-based distributor of beer, wine, spirits, and nonalcoholic drinks.
She must be approved by the U.S. Senate to take the post.
From NTD News