Kyle McCarter , Illinois Senator would be picked by US President Donald Trump to replace Robert Godec as US ambassador to Kenya.
McCarter is not a new face to Kenyans as it is known that he has established charity centers in Kenya.
McCarter thanked the US president after learning the news.
McCarter and his parents together established Each One Feed One foundation which takes care of orphaned kids whose parents had succumbed to HIV/AIDS. The organization also supports abandoned kids and HIV victims.
His first time in Kenya was in 1987, where he even lived here for more than a year.
Godec’s term had elapsed more than a year ago
I welcome the nomination of Illinois State Senator Kyle McCarter. US & Kenya have woven an extraordinary tapestry of ties. We’ve made progress in health care, education, agriculture, investment, security & more. Kenya holds a special place in my heart. https://t.co/YfUPwq6PEc
— Ambassador Bob Godec (@BobGodec) March 29, 2018
10 Facts About McCarter
- He was born in June 27, 1962. He is 56
- With a degree in accounting, he graduated from the Oral Roberts University in 1984
- With his family, they live in Lebanon, Illinois. His family is led by him followed by wife Victoria ,two children – Zach and Austin.
- They had another daughter , Amber, who died at the age of 21 in 2006 following an overdose of heroin
- With his wife, they have lived in Kenya for more than 30 years in Tharaka Nithi County. They have headed their foundation for that long which helps HIV victims at large
- With his wife, they can speak a cool Swahili
- He has served as a senator from 2009 to 2016 where he lost his re-election bid.
- He would have considered a re-election bid had he not been appointed as the new ambassador to Kenya
- He was proposed to take over the mantle from Godec in 2017, by several senators before Trump appointed him.
- His dad died on Saturday. And McCarter wrote a heartbreaking eulogy to him, he wrote- It is bittersweet that I am now preparing for the funeral of my father who leaves a legacy of honoring God, serving others and saving the lives of thousands of children in Kenya.”