Democratic Congressman Gregory Meeks has been elected head of the House Foreign Relations Committee and will be the first African American to serve.
Meeks said the committee will primarily work with the proposed new secretary of state, Anthony Blinken.
“We have to revive morale and bring back our diplomats, then everything will turn around again,” he said.
Meeks rival was Texas Congressman Joaquin Castro, who heads the Latin American Congressional Caucus. Castro served four terms in Congress and Meeks eleven.
Castro said he would be delighted to work with Meeks, “especially on shared goals such as promoting ethno-cultural diversity in the Department of State.”