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LA Mayor Eric Garcetti Picked as Biden’s Ambassador to India

Former Chicago mayor Rahm Emanuel nominated as ambassador to Japan

President Joe Biden has selected Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti to be Ambassador to India, NBC and the Associated Press reported Thursday.

Meanwhile, former Chicago mayor Rahm Emanuel will be nominated to be Ambassador to Japan and former State Department official Nicholas Burns is expected to serve as the ambassador to China.

Garcetti’s nomination to the post of ambassador to India would need to be approved by the U.S. State Department.

Right now Garcetti’s term as mayor of Los Angeles lasts through 2022. If he departs the position for the new ambassador post the LA City Council would either need to temporarily appoint someone to fill the role or hold a special election for a new mayor.

Garcetti had previously said last December that he wouldn’t accept (what was at the time) a non-specified role in the Biden administration because he wanted to stay in Los Angeles and help the city manage its response to the COVID-19 pandemic. At the time Garcetti told the Los Angeles Times, “Joe Biden told me for the last few years that he was very interested in me coming to Washington, D.C., and there were things on the table for me.”

Garcetti’s office did not immediately respond to TheWrap’s request for comment.