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President Biden has revealed his selections for the US representatives to the forthcoming 78th session of the UN General Assembly.
As guided by the Congressional Research Service, the president nominates both a Democrat and a Republican for these positions, which are later confirmed by a Senate vote.
The list features political appointees, including Rep. Barbara Lee (D-Calif.) and Rep. French Hill (R-Ark.), along with political consultant Janet Keller, former Georgia state Rep. Calvin Smyre (D), and real estate mogul Jeff Worthe. Notably, Lee has been a representative of California’s 12th District since 1998, with roles on the Budget and Appropriations Committees, and recently expressed her interest in Sen. Dianne Feinstein’s (D-Calif.) 2024 seat. Hill, representing Arkansas’s 2nd Congressional District since 2015, holds significant roles, including vice chairman of the House Financial Services Committee and chairmanship of the new subcommittee on Digital Assets, Financial Technology, and Inclusion.
Background on the other nominees:
Smyre served a 48-year tenure in the Georgia House of Representatives and received a previous nomination by Biden in 2022 for the US ambassador to the Bahamas. Keller’s experience, spanning over three decades, includes the establishment of Keller Consultants and advocacy work for survivors of Larry Nassar. Worthe stands out as the president of Worthe Real Estate Group, contributing notably to Los Angeles’ office property development and philanthropic causes.