History was made this week when an orthodox Jew was appointed to a top position in the U.S. government.
In a unanimous vote of approval on Tuesday, the Senate confirmed Mitchell Silk’s appointment as Assistant Secretary of The Treasury for International Markets.
Following his appointment, Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin tweeted, “Congratulations to Mitchell Silk, who was confirmed today as Assistant Secretary for International Markets. I know he will continue to serve the U.S. Treasury and the nation well.”
After being nominated by President Donald Trump to fill the vacated position in September, Silk spoke about his family roots during his congressional nomination hearing the following month.
“My grandparents immigrated to this country from hardship and persecution in Eastern Europe. Their life experiences were chilling,” he said at the time. “My maternal grandfather, the guiding light of my life, grew up in abject poverty, witnessed Cossacks brutally murder his family members, and struggled to cope with the extermination of his family in the Holocaust.”
“For my family, this country represented freedom, security and immense opportunity,” he added.
Silk, who speaks two dialects of Chinese, spent decades as a private lawyer specializing in international finance and trade. According to his Linkedin profile, Silk received a Juris Doctor degree from the University of Maryland and a certificate in advanced law studies from Beijing University.