Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti has been nominated as US. ambassador to India by President Joe Biden.
Garcetti said he will accept the nominatio and in a statement released by the mayor’s office, he said:
“Today, the President announced that I am his nominee to serve as U.S. Ambassador to India. I am honored to accept his nomination to serve in this role. I love Los Angeles and will always be an Angeleno. I want you to know that every day I am your Mayor, I will continue to lead this city like it is my first day on the job, with passion, focus, and determination. I have committed my life to service –– as an activist, as a teacher, as a naval officer, as a public servant, and if confirmed, next as an ambassador. Part of that commitment means that when your nation calls, you answer that call. And should I be confirmed, I’ll bring this same energy, commitment, and love for this city to my new role and will forge partnerships and connections that will help Los Angeles.”
Garcetti served eight years as mayor of Los Angeles and 12 years in the city council, six of which he was council president. Herb Wesson then took over as council president in 2012, before current president Nury Martinez took over in 2020.
“Mayor Garcetti has served the City of Los Angeles for more than two decades, eight of those as Mayor. From raising the minimum wage to managing the COVID-19 crisis, I have always been grateful for our partnership and I have no doubt he’ll do amazing things in this new role,” L.A. City Council president Martinez said Friday. “The city is designed to adapt and sustain change and we will press on, laser focused on delivering on our promise to rebuild a more resilient Los Angeles.”
Garcetti must still be confirmed by the U.S. senate before moving forward.