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Ambassadors of the United States

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  • Chic Hecht, U.S. Senator (1928 - 2006)
    Mayer Jacob "Chic" Hecht (November 30, 1928 – May 15, 2006) was a Republican United States Senator from Nevada and U.S. Ambassador to the Bahamas. In 1966 he was elected to the Nevada State Se...
  • Colleen Bell
    Colleen Bradley Bell (born January 30, 1967) is an American television producer, philanthropist and advocate for the environment, arts and social causes. Bell resides in Budapest with her husband, te...
  • Max Baucus, U.S. Senator
    Max Sieben Baucus, a Senator and a Representative from Montana; born in Helena, Lewis and Clark County, Mont., December 11, 1941; attended the public schools of Missoula and Helena, Mont.; attended Car...
  • Mike Mansfield, U.S. Senator (1903 - 2001)
    Michael Joseph (Mike) Michael, a Representative and a Senator from Montana; born in New York City, March 16, 1903; moved with his family to Great Falls, Cascade County, Mont., in 1906; attended the pub...
  • Reverdy Johnson, U.S. Senator and Attorney General (1796 - 1876)
    Reverdy Johnson (May 21, 1796 – February 10, 1876) was a statesman and jurist from Maryland. In 1865, he defended Mary Surratt before a military tribunal. Surratt was convicted and executed fo...

Ambassadors of the United States

Ambassadors of the United States to individual nations of the world, to international organizations, to past nations, and ambassadors-at-large are nominated by the President and confirmed by the Senate.

Ambassadors

An ambassador can be appointed during a recess of the Senate, but can serve only to the end of the next session of Congress unless subsequently confirmed by the Senate. Ambassadors serve "at the pleasure of the President," which means that they can be dismissed at any time.


An ambassador may be a career foreign service officer or a political appointee. In most cases, U.S. ambassadors who are career foreign service officers serve a tour of approximately three years in a foreign post. Ambassadors who are political appointees will customarily tender their resignations upon inauguration of a new President. As embassies fall within the Department of State, ambassadors answer to the Secretary of State

Past Ambassadors


Current U.S. Ambassadors

Current Ambassadors to International Organizations

Current Ambassadors At-Large

Ambassadors killed in office