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Former Mayor of Los Angeles, Eric Garcetti has been appointed ambassador to India over 2.5 years after his name was first announced for the post. His appointment was confirmed by the US Senate on Wednesday.
Originally nominated by President Biden in July 2021, Garcetti was re-nominated in January of this year. The Senate voted 52-42 to confirm his nomination.
His nomination was pending before Parliament. Some lawmakers believed the former Los Angeles Mayor had not adequately dealt with allegations against a former senior councilor of sexual assault and harassment.
President Biden believes that the United States has a vital and consequential partnership with India and that Garcetti will make a strong and effective Ambassador, said Olivia Dalton, Principal Deputy Press Secretary, to the media.
“The President thanks Chairman Menendez and the Senators on both sides of the aisle for their thorough consideration and for today’s bipartisan vote to confirm Mayor Garcetti,” Dalton said.
Garcetti was the 42nd mayor of Los Angeles from July 2013 to December 2022. The first Jewish mayor of the second largest city in the United States, Garcetti was also elected four times by his peers to serve as President of the City Council (2006 -2012).
Garcetti has also had teaching stints, at Occidental College, and the University of Southern California (USC). Garcetti also served as an officer in the United States Naval Reserve for 12 years. According to US media, Garcetti’s father, Gil, served as the 40th district attorney of Los Angeles county, across two terms.
Kenneth Juster, the last US ambassador to India, had resigned in January 2021 after a change in the American government.