Miami Republican Rep. Carlos Trujillo has been tapped to serve in the United Nations, the White House announced Friday.
President Donald Trump nominated Trujillo to the role of representative to the UN general assembly. The position would make the powerful Florida House budget chief one of UN Ambassador Nikki Haley’s four deputies.
Trujillo, an attorney, would take Haley’s place in meetings and assemblies when she’s unavailable. He would also get the title of “ambassador.”
Trujillo declined to comment Friday, beyond saying he is “thankful for the opportunity.” He was nominated along with U.S. Reps. Christopher Smith of New Jersey and Barbara Lee of California, and Lloyd Claycomb of Arizona.
His nomination has been in the works for months. Trujillo was an early Trump supporter who attended the inauguration January. He missed a budget committee hearing in April amid rumors he was in Washington, interviewing for a possible ambassadorship to Argentina or Panama. He was later said to be under consideration for an appointment to the Organization of American States.
Trujillo, the 34-year-old son of Cuban immigrants, is bilingual.
Trujillo’s potential departure would force Gov. Rick Scott to schedule a special election for his House District 105 seat. The district stretches from western Miami-Dade County into Collier County. Trujillo is term-limited next year.
Two Republicans have already filed to run for the GOP-leaning district: former U.S. Rep. David Rivera and Doral Councilwoman Ana Maria Rodriguez.