The U.S. Senate on Tuesday voted to confirm President Joe Biden's nomination of Linda Thomas-Greenfield, a veteran diplomat, to serve as U.S. ambassador to the United Nations.
The Senate approved her nomination by a vote of 78-20, making Thomas-Greenfield the eighth official confirmed to join Biden's cabinet. With Thomas-Greenfield's confirmation, Biden's foreign policy team has mostly taken shape.
U.S. media said the appointment of Thomas-Greenfield, who is African American, reflected Biden's effort to promote diversity among his senior officials.
Thomas-Greenfield, 68, served as assistant secretary of state for African affairs in the State Department from 2013 to 2017.