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Mi Cocina’s Ray Washburne Will Join the Trump Administration

The local restaurant mogul will head the Overseas Private Investment Corporation

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After months of speculation that Republican fundraiser and Dallas restaurant mogul Ray Washburne would join the Trump Administration, the Mi Cocina owner has officially been tapped for a new gig.

President Trump has chosen Washburne to lead the Overseas Private Investment Corporation, reports the Dallas Morning News. Washburne will serve as president of the government agency that assists American businesses in making investments in “emerging markets” overseas. Previously, it was rumored that Washburne would join Trump’s cabinet, potentially as Secretary of Commerce.

Washburne, whose M Crowd Restaurant Group operates multiple locations of Tex-Mex restaurants Mi Cocina and Taco Diner in Dallas-Fort Worth, faced criticism for his support of Trump last year, when he served as chair of the Trump Victory Committee. A group of local activists organized protests at the group’s restaurants, and Washburne was allegedly the target of death threats.

Washburne doesn’t have the gig just yet — his appointment must be confirmed by the Senate — but considering the Republican majority, it’s likely that he’ll sail right through.