Biden nominates Cindy McCain to U.N. post

Cindy McCain, Chairman of the board of The McCain Institute for International Leadership, speaks on stage at the Women In The World Summit in New York, U.S

President Joe Biden on Wednesday nominated Cindy McCain, widow of the late Republican Senator John McCain, to be U.S. representative to the United Nations agencies for food and agriculture, the White House said.

Biden also nominated Jack Markell, the former Democratic governor of his home state of Delaware, to be the U.S. representative to the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development, the White House statement said.

The pair were among 17 nominations sent to the Senate for confirmation.

McCain endorsed Biden in November’s election in which the Democrat defeated Republican President Donald Trump, who had repeatedly criticized McCain’s husband. John McCain died in 2018.

If confirmed to the post, she would represent the United States with the rank of ambassador at the Rome-based U.N. World Food Programme, the U.N. Food and Agriculture Organization and the U.N. International Fund for Agricultural Development.

McCain is chair and director of the Phoenix-based Hensley Beverage Co, which distributes wine, spirits and non-alcoholic beverages.

Other nominees included Massachusetts Democratic state Representative Claire Cronin as U.S. ambassador to Ireland and Fiona Whelan Prine, widow of the late singer-songwriter John Prime, to the National Council on the Arts.

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