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Richard LeBaron
Ambassador, Kuwait
Term of Appointment: 07/28/2004 to 07/12/2007

Richard LeBaron was sworn in as the United States Ambassador to Kuwait on July 28, 2004. Mr. LeBaron’s nomination had been confirmed by the U.S. Senate on May 6, 2004.

Mr. LeBaron served as Deputy Chief of Mission of the Embassy of the United States in Tel Aviv, Israel from September 2001 to July 2004. Mr. LeBaron was Minister-Counselor for Political and Economic Affairs at the Embassy of the United States in Cairo, Egypt from 1998 to 2001.

While posted in Washington from 1991 to 1998, Mr. LeBaron served in three positions related to the Middle East: Director for Near East and South Asian Affairs at the National Security Council, Director of the Peace Process and Regional Affairs Office in the Bureau of Near Eastern Affairs at the Department of State, and Public Affairs Adviser for the Near Eastern Bureau. From 1989 to 1991, Mr. LeBaron was Political Officer in the State Department’s Office of European Community Affairs.

Mr. LeBaron’s previous overseas diplomatic postings have included: Lisbon (1989-91), Tunis (1986-89), New Delhi (1982-84) and Managua (1980-82). Before he entered the Foreign Service, Mr. LeBaron held a two-year consultancy in Brazil.

Mr. LeBaron was granted a Presidential Rank Award in 2003 and State Department Senior Performance Awards for the last five years.

Mr. LeBaron received a Master’s Degree from the George Washington University and a Bachelor’s Degree from the University of Colorado.



Released on November 4, 2004

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