President Biden announced Wednesday, in a long anticipated move, that he will nominate Cindy McCain, the widow of Sen. John McCain (Ariz.), for an ambassadorship to the United Nations’ food and agriculture programs.
Despite being in opposing parties, Biden and John McCain were good friends while serving together in the Senate. Biden delivered a eulogy at McCain’s funeral in 2018.
In January, the Arizona Republican Party voted to censure McCain over her support for Biden, which included a video appearance during the Democratic National Convention in August 2020. After Biden was elected, McCain said she would be open to serving in his administration.
If confirmed, Cindy McCain, will head to Rome as the envoy to the United Nations Agencies for Food and Agriculture, which encompasses three U.N. agencies.
Biden included McCain among 17 nominees he announced Wednesday.
Biden also tapped Claire Cronin, a state representative in Massachusetts, to serve as ambassador to Ireland. Cronin is the majority leader in the Massachusetts House of Representatives, and she is the first woman to hold that role.
Biden will also nominate former Delaware governor Jack Markell as ambassador to the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development, and Michael Carpenter, managing director of the Penn Biden Center, as the ambassador to the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe. Carpenter also worked as foreign policy adviser for Biden when he was vice president.
Additional other high-profile political ambassadors will be announced in the coming weeks and months, but many of the nominees are still in the vetting and financial disclosure processes.
The majority of the approximately 190 postings, are filled by career State Department employees, and Biden has already nominated ambassadors for those posts.
The ambassador position requires Senate confirmation.