Former State Senator Kyle McCarter, a Republican from Lebanon, was confirmed to by the United States Senate to serve as the next Ambassador to the Republic of Kenya.
McCarter was confirmed on a voice vote, along with 23 other appointees, on January 2, 2019. President Donald Trump nominated McCarter to serve as Ambassador to Kenya on March 28, 2018.
McCarter will replace Ambassador Robert Godec who was appointed by President Barack Obama. Godec wished his successor well in a tweet posted on January 3.
“Congratulations Kyle McCarter on your confirmation by the U.S. Senate as the next U.S. Ambassador to Kenya! It’s been an honor & privilege to serve here for six years. Lori & I will forever cherish our friendships & memories of this beautiful country & its extraordinary people,” Godec tweeted.
McCarter has represented parts of O’Fallon for many years, both as a St. Clair County Board Member in District 15 and as State Senator in District 54. McCarter did not seek re-election this year to his State Senate Seat, imposing a term limit on himself.
McCarter operates a family charity in Kenya called EachOne FeedOne International. Founded more than 30 years ago, the organization works with orphaned and abandoned children and treats those with diseases such as HIV and AIDS.