Editorial | State senator headed to Kenya

Editorial | State senator headed to Kenya

State Sen. Kyle McCarter, a conservative Republican from Highland in southwestern Illinois who has long run the Each One Feed One International charity in Kenya, has been confirmed as the new U.S. amabassador to the African nation.

Congratulations to state Sen. Kyle McCarter, who last week was confirmed as the new U.S. ambassador to Kenya, ending a nearly two-year-old effort to win the bid and serve an African nation where he and his wife, Victoria, have operated the Each One Feed One International charity for more than 30 years. The agency has worked with an elementary school, helped hundreds of orphaned children and helped to fund a medical clinic that serves thousands of people annually.

McCarter, whose state Senate district once included areas of East Central Illinois, served eight years in Springfield and honored his commitment to term limits, opting not to run for re-election this year.

McCarter might be best remembered for challenging U.S. Rep. John Shimkus in 2016, making Shimkus' one-time pledge to limit his own time in Congress part of his campaign. Shimkus won the primary election with more than 60 percent of the vote.

But Shimkus was among the Illinois Republican congressmen who recommended to President Donald Trump that McCarter become the ambassador to Kenya, citing his "heightened insight into the governmental operations and other political, economic and social realities of both Kenya and the larger region of East Africa."

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