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Picture of Mark GreenBIOGRAPHY

Mark Green
Ambassador, Republic of Tanzania
Term of Appointment: 08/14/2007 to present

Mark Green is the United States Ambassador to the United Republic of Tanzania.  Ambassador Green was nominated in June 2007 and confirmed by the Sentate and attested by the President in August 2007.  Ambassador Green was sworn in August 14, 2007 and presented his credentials to Tanzanian President Kikwete on September 13, 2007.

Ambassador Green has a long, distinguished record of leadership and public service. Prior to becoming ambassador in August 2007, he served four terms in the U.S. House of Representatives. He was a member of the House Judiciary and International Relations Committees, and served as an Assistant Majority Whip.

On the domestic front, he was a leader in designing tough laws aimed at protecting children and families. Ambassador Green authored the "Two Strikes, You're Out Child Protection Act," which dramatically enhanced federal penalties for child molesters. He also wrote legislation reauthorizing and expanding the Violence Against Women Act. He co-led the floor debate on the "Faith-Based Initiative" – a groundbreaking plan to bring the community of faith back into the national fight against poverty and social crises – and co-founded the bipartisan Faith-Based Caucus.

As a member of the International Relations Committee, Ambassador Green played a leading role in crafting the Millennium Challenge Act, America’s historic commitment to invest in developing nations that are pursuing political and economic reforms. He played an important role in crafting the Global Access to HIV/AIDS Prevention, Awareness and Treatment Act of 2001, and the United States Leadership Against HIV/AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria Act.

Ambassador Green’s interest in Africa goes back some years. In 1987-88, he and his wife, served as secondary school teachers in Kenya through WorldTeach Project, a development organization based at the Phillips Brooks House of Harvard University. During this time, they traveled extensively in East Africa, including western Tanzania. Ambassador Green has also spent time in Southern Africa and West Africa.

Ambassador Green is very much a Wisconsin product. He attended the University of Wisconsin Eau-Claire and received his law degree at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

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Released on August 31, 2007

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