President Joe Biden appoints Cindy McCain to be the United States’ representative to United Nations food and agriculture agencies, one of 17 appointments announced Wednesday that included important diplomatic and artistic missions.
McCain, the widow of Arizona Senator John McCain, has broken with Republicans and endorsed Biden for the presidency, making her a key Democrat surrogate after Donald Trump has spent years criticizing her husband. McCain is President and Director of Hensley Beverage Company, a Phoenix-based distributor of beer, wine, spirits and soft drinks.
The president also appoints the representative of the State of Massachusetts, Claire Cronin, ambassador to Ireland. Biden frequently emphasizes his Irish heritage and highlighted US support for the Good Friday Agreement, which provided for peace with Northern Ireland but was strained after the UK’s departure from the ‘European Union.
Michael Carpenter, executive director of the Penn Biden Center for Diplomacy and Global Engagement at the University of Pennsylvania, is appointed to represent the United States to the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe.
Jack Markell, a former governor of Delaware, is appointed to represent the United States at the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development.
The president also announced appointments to the National Arts Council, including Fiona Whelan Prine, widow of singer-songwriter John Prine and president of Oh Boy Records, the country’s second-oldest independent label still in operation.