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President Biden said Friday he plans to appoint Carlos Del Toro as Secretary of the Navy.
Del Toro is a 22-year-old U.S. Navy veteran and retired commander with nearly 40 years of experience in national security and naval operations, the White House said in a statement.
He was born in Havana, Cuba and would be the second Latino to hold office if confirmed in the Senate, Politico reported.
Del Toro also served as a White House Fellow in the Obama administration’s Office of Management and Budget.
Last month, the Senate confirmed Christine Wormuth as the first woman to become an Army Secretary.
On Thursday, the Senate Armed Forces Committee approved the nomination of Frank Kendall, Biden’s election as Air Force Secretary, according to Politico.
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Del Toro has been CEO and President of SBG Technology Solutions for the past 17 years. The company supports naval defense programs like shipbuilding, artificial intelligence, cybersecurity, acquisition programs, space systems, health and education, according to the White House.
Virginia’s two US Senators, both Democrats, welcomed Del Toro’s election.
“I’ve known Carlos Del Toro for 20 years and can’t think of a better choice as Secretary of the Navy,” tweeted US Senator Tim Kaine, D-Va., On Friday. “His patriotic naval service and successful entrepreneurial career make him the right choice to take the helm of the Navy at such a critical time.”
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Senator Mark Warner, D-Va., Wrote, “My friend Carlos Del Toro will be an excellent @USNavy secretary. There is no one better qualified or better equipped and I know they will make our country proud. “