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Metro-east legislator could be the next ambassador to Kenya

Illinois State Sen. Kyle McCarter, R-Lebanon, could be the next U.S. Ambassador to Kenya.
Illinois State Sen. Kyle McCarter, R-Lebanon, could be the next U.S. Ambassador to Kenya. News-Democrat file photo

Sen. Kyle McCarter, R-Lebanon, could have the chance to become the U.S. Ambassador to Kenya.

Republican members of the Illinois Congressional Delegation recommended McCarter for the position to President Donald Trump on Thursday.

“I’m honored and humbled to have the unanimous recommendation of our Republican Congressional Delegation to serve the United States of America in this new role.” McCarter said in a news release. “Our country has a long friendship with Kenya that began soon after the country won its independence in late 1963, and my family’s personal friendship goes back over 30 years. If President Trump selects me for this role, I would be honored to serve.”

McCarter and his wife, Victoria, have worked in Kenya for more than 30 years, and founded the Each One Feed One International charity in Tharaka, Kenya, according to the release. The charity worked with a K-8 elementary school, helped hundreds of abandoned, abused and orphaned children and provided a medical clinic with health care for those with HIV and malaria.

A letter to Trump from the Illinois Republican members of Congress said McCarter would make sure American taxpayer money is well spent in Kenya, and he’ll bring accountability to aid programs benefiting the country.

“His experience on the ground in Kenya has provided him heightened insight into the governmental operations and other political, economic, and social realities of both Kenya and the larger region of East Africa,” the members of Congress wrote. “He has outlined specific ideas for reforms of USAID spending, including curtailing waste, fraud, and abuse within the program.”

The recommendation letter was presented to the White House on May 11. To become the ambassador, McCarter would have to be nominated by Trump and confirmed by the U.S. Senate.

Read McCarter’s entire nomination letter here.

Illinois Sen. Kyle McCarter, R-Lebanon, told fellow senators Thursday morning that Illinois should cut its way to a balanced budget and not continue increasing taxes. He spoke in the Illinois Senate chambers in Springfield, IL