President Joe Biden
announced 17 nominations for key positions in his administration on Wednesday, including Cindy McCain
, the widow of late Republican Sen. John McCain
, for the position of US ambassador to the United Nations
Programme, and Claire Cronin, the second-ranking Democrat in the Massachusetts House
, for the position of ambassador to Ireland
According to The New York Times
, McCain's nomination has been in the works for some time. She endorsed Biden during the all-virtual Democratic
National Convention last year, saying in a video that the Democrat was the "only" candidate who "stands up for our values as a nation."
“My husband John lived by a code: country first; we are Republicans
, yes, but first and foremost Americans,” she explained.
McCain recently told CNN
that she would be “proud and honored to serve” in Biden’s administration.
Just in: Biden announces 17 nominations, including Cindy McCain for Ambassador to the United Nations World Food and Agriculture Organization. Here are the details >> pic.twitter.com/y5JrSJ8ER0 — Christina Wilkie (@christinawilkie) June 23, 2021
Before McCain's appointment is finalized, the Senate
must approve it. As ambassador to the UN food program, McCain, a businesswoman and philanthropist, would represent the United States
in three UN agencies for food and agriculture based in Rome
, all of which are aimed at eradicating global hunger and improving food security
McCain expressed gratitude for the nomination on Twitter, saying she was "deeply honored" and looking forward to "the work ahead."
I am deeply honored and look forward to the work ahead. — Cindy McCain (@cindymccain) June 23, 2021
Biden also nominated former Delaware governor
Jack Markell for the position of ambassador to the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD), and Michael Carpenter, managing director of the Penn Biden Center for Diplomacy and Global Engagement at the University
, for the position of ambassador to the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe