Posted: 1:09 am ET
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According to @Philip Arsenault who has done a lot of good work using presidential records to track the ambassadorial appointees going back to FDR, President Obama appointed to-date the highest number of career diplomats as ambassadors at 70.8%, and the lowest number of non-career political appointees at 29.2%.
The political ambassadorships during Obama’s two terms amount to 29.2% of his total appointments, which is lower than President Carter, previously the lowest on record at 30.8%.
AFSA’s ambassadorship tracker has different numbers but we’ve stopped using the group’s ambassador statistics since 2015. See our write up on AFSA’s Ambassador Statistics here and why we find its data problematic.