42-year-old Hodgen Mainda is the newest Cabinet member in the Tennessee government.
Mainda, who has Kenyan roots took an oath of office to serve as the new commissioner of Commerce and Insurance.
He was appointed by Tennessee Governor Bill Lee earlier this month.
Mainda who first moved to the US in 2008 as a rugby player becomes the first Kenyan to hold such a position in the State of Tennessee, after working in government relations and business development roles in Nashville, Knoxville and Chattanooga.
“Mainda joins my cabinet after an outstanding career as a community leader in Chattanooga," Governor Lee said in an announcement.
"He is respected for his ability to build partnerships across multiple sectors and we welcome his leadership to such a multifaceted department like commerce and insurance."
In addition to his work with the Electric Power Board of Chattanooga (EPB), where he built partnerships across the state and federal level and increased EPB's role in regional economic development, Mainda serves on the Chattanooga Area Chamber of Commerce, the Downtown Chattanooga Rotary Club, the United Way of Greater Chattanooga, the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga Chancellor's Roundtable and the College of Business Advisory Board.
He is also a member of the Leadership Tennessee Class of 2019 and a 2018 graduate of the Harvard Business School Young American Leaders Programme.