David T. Johnson
David T. Johnson is a retired United States diplomat and the former Assistant Secretary of State for International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs.
David T. Johnson was raised in Georgia and educated at Emory University, from which he received a B.A. in Economics in 1976. He spent a year working in the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency before joining the United States Foreign Service in 1977. In the course of his career in the Foreign Service, Johnson focused on European security affairs and served as desk officer for Berlin, Austria, and Switzerland; an economic officer at the Embassy of the United States in Berlin; and a vice consul at the U.S. Consulate General in Ciudad Juárez. He later served as Deputy Spokesman at the State Department and Director of the State Department Press Office; United States Consul General in Vancouver; and Deputy Director of the State Department's Operations Center. He spent 1988-89 studying at the Royal Military College of Canada.
In 1995, Johnson became Deputy Press Secretary for Foreign Affairs at the White House and Spokesman for the United States National Security Council. In January 1998, he became United States ambassador to the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe, a position he held until December 2001. In May 2002, with the advent of the War in Afghanistan, Johnson became the United States Department of State's Coordinator for Afghanistan, a position he held until July 2003. In August 2003, he became Deputy Chief of Mission at the U.S. Embassy, London.
In 2007, President of the United States George W. Bush nominated Johnson as Assistant Secretary of State for International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs. Following Senate confirmation, he was sworn into office on October 31, 2007.
Anne W. Patterson
|Assistant Secretary of State for International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs
October 31, 2007 – Present