The US Senate confirmed Eric Garcetti, a close assistant to President Joe Biden, on Wednesday, March 15, 2023. To serve as the nation’s next ambassador to India. The crucial diplomatic job had been unfilled for more than two years before the Senate voted 52–42 to fill it. The former mayor of Los Angeles had been nominated by Vice President Joe Biden for the renowned diplomatic position in July 2021. And his candidature had been pending before the US Congress since then.
The Senate Foreign Relations Committee approved his nomination last week with a vote of 13 to 8 in favour.
During the previous Congress, his nomination was not put up for a vote on the Senate floor because the Biden ally was not supported by enough members of the dominant Democratic Party.
The 52-year-old Garcetti was not confirmed by the Senate during President Biden’s first two years in office. Because some members believed that the then-mayor had handled claims of sexual assault and harassment against a former senior assistant insufficiently.
In January of this year, President Biden renominated Garcetti for the same job.
After the US changed governments in January 2021, Kenneth Juster, the last ambassadorial resident of the US in New Delhi, resigned.
Who Is the New US Ambassador to India, Eric Garcetti?
California was the place of Eric Garcetti’s birth on February 4, 1971. H later received his BA and MA from Columbia University after being raised in the San Fernando Valley.
The incoming US ambassador to India attended Oxford and the London School of Economics as a Rhodes Scholar and taught at Occidental College and USC. For 12 years, he served as an officer in the US Navy Reserve. He also enjoys jazz piano playing and taking pictures.
From 2006 until 2012, Garcetti was chosen four times by his colleagues to lead the Los Angeles City Council. He served as a council member for the 13th District. Which covers Hollywood, Echo Park, Silver Lake, and Atwater Village, from 2001 until he was elected mayor.