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National Government

Trump names former Illinois state senator Kenyan ambassador

SPRINGFIELD – President Donald Trump has named former Illinois State Sen. Kyle McCarter as ambassador to Kenya.

The Belleville News-Democrat reported that the U.S. Senate approved the choice in a voice vote this week.

The Republican from Lebanon, Illinois, was one of 23 people confirmed to ambassador posts in the vote.

The 56-year-old McCarter and his wife, Victoria, have worked in Kenya for more than 30 years and co-founded Each 1 Feed 1. The Tharaka Nithi-based charity helps abandoned, abused and orphaned children and provides education and medical care.

McCarter was elected to the Illinois Senate in 2008. He chose not to seek re-election last fall. He previously served on the St. Clair County Board.

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Information from: Belleville News-Democrat, http://www.bnd.com

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