U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.) introduced the Hon. Kyle McCarter, originally from Oklahoma, ahead of his nomination hearing today at the Senate Committee on Foreign Relations. McCarter was nominated by President Trump to serve as the U.S. Ambassador to the Republic of Kenya.
Remarks as prepared for delivery:
Mr. Chairman, It’s an honor for me to be here to introduce my fellow Oklahoman—our Okie from Muskogee—and his wife and his son. Mr. Kyle McCarter has been nominated to serve as the U.S. Ambassador to the Republic of Kenya.
You know, I’ve had the honor of visiting Africa more than anyone in the history of the United States Senate. I just got back from my 161st African country visit and ironically, one of those was Kenya. I know the continent, its people and their leaders well and each time the Senate is asked to confirm a nominee, I take our responsibility seriously.
Just last month, I visited Kenya for the fourth time, a country whose political institutions and fledgling democracy were tested following the 2017 elections, creating tension between the political parties.
While I was there, I witnessed positive change firsthand with the reconciliation of President Kenyatta and opposition leader Odinga during their national prayer breakfast, showing that common ground in faith can unite all people and overcome adversity.
With Kenya poised for positive change and economic growth, it was imperative that President Trump nominate a well-qualified ambassador who understood the changing nation and could further the relationship with our strategic partner.
I believe he has found that with Kyle McCarter.
Kyle grew up in Muskogee, Oklahoma and attended Oral Roberts University. From a young age, his parents, Calvin and Linda, instilled his faith and love for serving others in him.
Today, he is a small business owner, state representative, and past International Director of Each One Feed One, the longest serving nongovernmental organization in northeastern Kenya.
Kyle and his wife, Victoria—who is the Education Director at Each One Feed One, have lived in Kenya in the past and travel there frequently now to support their efforts, regularly working with USAID, tribal chiefs and other dignitaries.
He understands the strategic importance of East Africa and the opportunities we have to further a relationship with Kenya and I believe he will be an excellent Ambassador.
I have to say this though. There are two others that I also consider to be good friends—Michael Hammer and Stephanie Sullivan. We have talked together, worked together on different African projects for a very long period of time. So, I enthusiastically support the two of them also, but this is the guy I’m nominating.