April 15, 2019: Elan Carr was officially sworn in on Thursday, April 11, 2019, a Special Envoy for Monitoring and Combating Anti-Semitism at the U.S. Department of State. Carr is an anti-gang Prosecutor from Los Angeles whose mother emigrated to Israel from Iraq. He grew up in New York speaking Hebrew and Arabic, and he worked in Iraq in a U.S. Army anti-terrorism unit. Carr ran a losing race for Congress against Ted Lieu, California Democrat, in 2014, and he also lost a run for a seat at the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors. The Anti-Semitism Envoy position at the State Department had been vacant for two years, and Members of Congress had been pressing the Trump administration to fill the position.