Garcetti Confirmed As India Ambassador After 20-Month Fight
March 15, 2023 4:59PM EDT
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Senate has confirmed former Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti as the next ambassador to India, more than a year and a half after he was initially selected for the post.
Garcetti secured the 52-42 confirmation Wednesday despite a break in support among his fellow Democrats.
He was able to win over a handful of Republicans.
The vacancy in the India ambassadorship has been a major diplomatic gap for the Biden administration at a time of rising global tensions.
President Joe Biden first nominated Garcetti for the post in July 2021.
The vote came amid continuing fallout from a sexual harassment scandal involving a former top adviser at Los Angeles City Hall.