On Wednesday, the U.S. Senate appointed former Los Angeles mayor Eric Garcetti the latest U.S. ambassador to India. Former U.S. Ambassador to India, Kenneth Juster, stepped down from the post in 2021 following the 2020 presidential election.
The 52-year-old Garcetti had been facing pushback from from some Democrats after an investigation into his top adviser Rick Jacobs over sexual harassment allegations, stemming from Garcetti’s nine years as the 42nd mayor of Los Angeles. The Senate voted 52 to 42 in favor of appointing Garcetti to the post, which has been vacant for two years. Sen. Mazie Hirono, D-Hawaii, and Sen. Mark Kelly, D-Ariz., voted against Garcetti’s appointment, while Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., and Sen. Susan Collins, R-Maine, gave him their support.
The Foreign Relations Committee voted last week, 13 to 8 in favor of moving Garcetti’s nomination to Wednesday’s full Senate vote. Pres. Biden initially nominated Garcetti in July 2021, then re-nominated him in January after the original nomination lapsed. Following the vote, Garcetti said in a statement: “I’m thrilled with today’s outcome, which was a decisive and bipartisan decision to fill a critical post that has been vacant for far too long. Now the hard work begins … I’m deeply grateful to President Biden and the White House for the confidence and support throughout this process, and to all Senators on both sides of the aisle — whether they voted for me or not — for their thoughtful consideration. I’m ready and eager to begin my service representing our critical interests in India.”
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