Kyle McCarter’s confirmation hearing for Ambassador to Kenya scheduled for Tuesday

Kyle McCarterState Senator Kyle McCarter, a Republican from Lebanon, is scheduled to testify before the U.S. Senate Foreign Relations Committee on Tuesday regarding his nomination to serve as Ambassador to the Republic of Kenya. President Donald Trump nominated McCarter to serve as Ambassador to Kenya on March 28, 2018. Before he can begin work, the U.S. Senate must vote to confirm his nomination.

McCarter posted a statement on Facebook Saturday evening announcing the hearing date and time. He said, “The day for my confirmation hearing has finally come. I am excited and ready to get to work if confirmed. I am grateful for all those who have supported me, encouraged me, and elected me. ”

The hearing is scheduled to begin at 2:30pm and can be watched live on the Foreign Relations Committee website (click here).

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.

If confirmed, it is unclear how soon McCarter would have to resign his Illinois Senate Seat. Republican party officials have said that it might be immediate, creating a vacancy that would have to be filled within 30 days. Jason Plummer, a Republican from Edwardsville, won the Republican Primary for the seat back in March and is running against Democrat Brian Stout from Vandalia. The election will be on November 6, 2018.

McCarter operates a family charity in Kenya called EachOne FeedOne International. The organization works with orphaned and abandoned children and treats those with diseases such as HIV and AIDS.