May 23, 2014, 9:04 PM EDT
Former NASCAR vice president of public affairs and multicultural development Marcus Jadotte has been nominated by U.S. President Barack Obama to become assistant secretary for industry and analysis in the Department of Commerce, according to a report by the Charlotte Observer.
Jadotte, whose nomination will have to be approved by the U.S. Senate, left his role with NASCAR in late April after nearly a decade with the sanctioning body.
He oversaw NASCAR’s commitment to and expansion of its diversity efforts, most notably its Drive For Diversity and Pit Crew Development efforts, which prepares and trains minorities and females for roles as drivers, crew chiefs and other positions in the sport.
In a sense, the Florida native is returning home of sorts. Before coming to NASCAR, Jadotte held a number of political positions, including chief of staff to U.S. Representative Debbie Wasserman Schultz (2004-05), deputy campaign manager for the Kerry/Edwards Presidential campaign (2003-04), chief of staff to U.S. Representative Peter Deutsch (2001-03) and Florida state director on the 2000 Gore/Lieberman Presidential campaign.
Prior to that, Jadotte served in a number of positions with the U.S. Department of Labor under President Bill Clinton’s administration.
No timetable has been released as to when the Senate will take Jadotte’s nomination under consideration.
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