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Johnnie Carson
Ambassador, Kenya
Term of Appointment: 08/25/1999 to 07/06/2003

Johnnie Carson was sworn in as U.S. Ambassador to the Republic of Kenya on August 25, 1999. Prior to this appointment (19971999) he served as Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary for the Bureau of African Affairs. He is a career member of the Senior Foreign Service, Class of Minister-Counselor.

He was U.S. Ambassador to the Republic of Zimbabwe from 1995-1997, and earlier as U.S. Ambassador to the Republic of Uganda from 1991-1994. Since joining the Foreign Service in 1969, Mr. Carson has held a number of assignments in Africa. He served as Consular and Political Officer at the American Embassy in Lagos, Nigeria from 1969-1971; Deputy Chief of Mission at the American Embassy in Maputo, Mozambique from 1975-1978; and Deputy Chief of Mission at the American Embassy in Gaborone, Botswana from 1986-1990.

In addition, Mr. Carson has held assignments as Deputy Political Counselor at the American Embassy in Lisbon, Portugal (1982-1986); Desk Officer for Angola, Mozambique, and Namibia in the Bureau of Intelligence and Research (1971-1974); and Staff Officer in the Staff Secretariat in the Office of the Secretary of State (1978-1979). Mr. Carson also served as Staff Director for the Africa Subcommittee of the U.S. House of Representatives (1979-1982). Before joining the Foreign Service, Mr. Carson was a Peace Corps Volunteer in Tanzania (1965-1968).

Ambassador Carson received a B.A. from Drake University and an M.A. from the University of London. He is married and has three children.



Released on March 19, 2002

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