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Biden nominates Cindy McCain to U.N. food and agriculture post

Cindy McCain, wife of Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., leans on his flag-draped casket during a farewell ceremony in the U.S. Capitol rotunda, on Friday, in Washington. McCain was a six-term senator, a former Republican nominee for president, and a Navy pilot who served in Vietnam, where he endured five-and-a-half years as a prisoner of war.   | Photo Credit: AP

President Joe Biden is nominating Cindy McCain to be the U.S. representative to the United Nations Agencies for Food and Agriculture, one of 17 nominations announced on June 23 that included major diplomatic and arts assignments.

Ms. McCain, the widow of Arizona Sen. John McCain, broke with Republicans and endorsed Mr. Biden for President, making her a key surrogate for the Democrat after Donald Trump spent years criticising her husband.

Ms. McCain is the chair and director of the Hensley Beverage Company, a Phoenix-based distributor of beer, wine, spirits and nonalcoholic drinks.

The President is also nominating Massachusetts state Rep. Claire Cronin to be Ambassador to Ireland. Mr. Biden frequently emphasises his Irish heritage and has stressed the U.S. support of the Good Friday Agreement, which provided for peace with Northern Ireland but has come under stress after the United Kingdom’s departure from the European Union.

Michael Carpenter, managing director of the Penn Biden Centre for Diplomacy and Global Engagement at the University of Pennsylvania, is being nominated to represent the U.S. to the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe.

Jack Markell, a former Delaware Governor, is being nominated to represent the U.S. to the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development.

The President also announced nominations to the National Council on the Arts, including Fiona Whelan Prine, widow of the singer-songwriter John Prine and president of Oh Boy Records, the country’s second-oldest independent record label still in operation.


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