The appointment, announced Thursday, comes just two months after President Donald Trump named Trujillo one of four U.S. representatives to the United Nations’ General Assembly. In that position, he has acted as one of U.N. Ambassador Nikki Haley’s four deputies.
Trujillo must still be confirmed by the Senate. If approved, the 34-year-old lawyer, who holds the powerful position of House budget chairman, will have to give up that post and his seat representing Florida’s 105th District. He will also move to Washington, D.C.
Whether that happens before the start of Florida’s next legislative session in January will depend on the timing of his confirmation. He would be term-limited out of office after next year anyway, as he has held the post since 2010.
Trujillo, who was an early Trump supporter and attended Trump’s inauguration, is a founding partner of Coral Gables-based Trujillo Vargas Gonzalez & Hevia. He is also a former Miami-Dade assistant state attorney.
The OAS brings together the countries of the Americas to constitute the main governmental forum in the Hemisphere, promoting democracy, human rights, security and development. Trujillo speaks fluent Spanish, and he said Thursday that growing up in culturally diverse Miami-Dade County makes him a good fit for the post.
Federal Election Commission records indicate he donated $700 to the Republican Party of Florida in 2011.