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On September 2, Secretary Kerry sworn-in our Ambassador-Designate to the Russian Federation John Tefft at the State Department. Ambassador Tefft will succeed Michael McFaul who resigned from post in February 2014. This is Ambassador Tefft’s fourth ambassadorial appointment. All but three appointees to Moscow since 1960 have been career diplomats. (see also Attention Would-be Ambassadors! No One Is Getting Out of D.C. Tonight, Courtesy of Sen. Enzi — Opps! Wait …).
Below is the brief bio released by the WH when his nomination was announced:
John Francis Tefft, a career member of the Foreign Service, Class of Minister-Counselor, is the Executive Director of the RAND Business Leaders Forum at the RAND Corporation, a position he has held since 2013. Mr. Tefft served as the U.S. Ambassador to Ukraine from 2009 to 2013 and as the U.S. Ambassador to Georgia from 2005 to 2009. From 2004 to 2005, Mr. Tefft served as the Deputy Assistant Secretary for European and Eurasian Affairs in the Department of State. From 2003 to 2004, Mr. Tefft served as an International Affairs Advisor at the National War College and previously served as the U.S. Ambassador to Lithuania from 2000 to 2003. From 1996 to 1999, Mr. Tefft was the Deputy Chief of Mission at the U.S. Embassy in Moscow, Russia. He was the Director of the Office of Northern European Affairs at the Department of State from 1992 to 1994. Mr. Tefft served as the Deputy Director of the Office of Soviet Union Affairs/Office of Commonwealth of Independent States from 1989 to 1992 and served as Counselor for Political-Military Affairs at the U.S. Embassy in Rome, Italy from 1986 to 1989. From 1983 to 1986, he was a Political Officer in the Office of Soviet Union Affairs. Mr. Tefft was a Pearson Fellow in the Office of Congressman Howard Wolpe from 1982 to 1983. Earlier in his career, Mr. Tefft was also a Political Officer at the U.S. Embassy in Budapest, Hungary; a Special Assistant in the Washington office of the U.S. Permanent Representative to the United Nations; a Political Officer in the Office of United Nations Political Affairs; an Operations Officer in the Operations Center; and a Vice Consul at the U.S. Consulate General in Jerusalem.
Mr. Tefft served in the U.S. Army Reserve from 1971 to 1974. Mr. Tefft received a B.A. from Marquette University and an M.A. from Georgetown University.
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- Madison native John Tefft named new US ambassador to Russia (host.madison.com)
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- Senate confirms US ambassador to Russia (news.yahoo.com)
- Kremlin Approves John Tefft as U.S. Ambassador to Russia (themoscowtimes.com)