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Biden to nominate former Missouri secretary of state to head General Services Administration

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Posted at 3:18 PM, Apr 06, 2021
and last updated 2021-04-06 18:27:02-04

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — President Joe Biden is expected to nominate a former Missouri secretary of state to head the General Services Administration.

Jake Sherman, an NBC political analyst, reported Tuesday that Robin Carnahan will earn the nomination.

Carnahan was elected in 2004 to serve as Missouri secretary of state and, during the 2008 election, was co-chair of the National Association of Secretaries of State elections committee.

A White House press release stated that Carnahan led 18F, a tech consulting agency within GSA, from 2016 to 2020. She also is a fellow at Georgetown University's Beeck Center.

Missouri Sen. Roy Blunt, bested Carnahan in 2010 for a senate seat to replace Republican Sen. Kit Bond, said in a statement Tuesday that he intended to support Biden’s nomination.

“Robin Carnahan is smart, capable, and understands what they do at GSA,” Blunt said. “I look forward to supporting her nomination.”

Jackson County Executive Frank White Jr. also supported Biden's nomination, calling Carnahan and "outstanding" choice.

"In her time as Secretary of State, Ms. Carnahan focused on ensuring fair elections, including implementing Missouri’s first statewide voter registration system and creating the Missouri Voting Rights Center," White said in a statement released Tuesday. "Since leaving office, she has effectively helped governments on all levels improve technology, enhancing the customer service experience and cutting costs."

Robin Carnahan's father, Mel Carnahan, served as Missouri governor from 1993 to 2000 and died during a senate bid in 2000. Jean Carnahan, her mother, was appointed to fill Mel Carnahan’s seat in the U.S. Senate after he posthumously won the election.