President Joe Biden
's administration announced Friday that Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti
will be nominated to be the next US Ambassador
He must be confirmed by the United States Senate
In its announcement, the White House
emphasized Garcetti's current position's global aspects.
“As Mayor, Garcetti oversees the busiest container port in the Western Hemisphere, the largest municipal utility in the country, and one of the busiest airports in the world,” according to the announcement. “He is the current Chair of C40 Cities – a network of 97 of the world’s largest cities taking bold climate
action – and has led the organization’s engagement and expansion in India, as well as C40’s global expansion.”
The Democrat's nomination for the role has been rumored since May, and there has been much discussion about his aspirations for higher office since he became mayor in 2013. He was reelected to a five-and-a-half-year term as mayor in 2017; if confirmed to the ambassadorship, he will be the first L.A. mayor in over a century to voluntarily leave office before the end of his term, according to the Los Angeles Times.
Garcetti, who served as a loyal Biden surrogate
during the 2020 presidential election
, was widely expected to be rewarded with a Cabinet position; however, he announced in December that he would not be taking such a role and emphasized that he was needed in his city, which was experiencing its worst COVID-19
surge at the time.
Many suspected Garcetti was passed over for a Cabinet position due to mounting criticism of his governing and issues in Los Angeles, including the city's rising homelessness
crisis. Last summer, Black Lives Matter
protesters gathered outside his house, demanding accountability for his heavy-handed use of police
force on protesters. There were also sexual misconduct
allegations against him.
Denise Campbell Bauer for Monaco, Peter Haas for Bangladesh
, and Bernadette Meehan for Chile were named as ambassador nominees by Biden's team on Friday.