Washington — Richard Rahul Verma will be sworn in as U.S. Ambassador to India Dec. 20, becoming the first Indian American to hold the post.
Verma, 46, was confirmed by the U.S. Senate by a voice vote last week.
Secretary of State John Kerry would host the swearing-in ceremony of Verma.
Verma is expected to head to New Delhi and present his credentials to President Pranab Mukherjee, ahead of U.S. President Barack Obama’s visit to India to be the chief guest at the Republic Day parade Jan. 26.
The U.S. Embassy in New Delhi is currently headed by charge d’affaires Kathleen Stephens.
Verma’s association with Obama goes back to 2008 when he worked on presidential debate preparations for the then Illinois senator.
His parents came to the U.S. in the early 1960s.
Verma will replace Nancy Powell.