Robert R. King

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Robert R. King
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United States special envoy for North Korean Human Rights Issues
Assumed office
November 24, 2009
President Barack Obama
Personal details
Born (1942-06-08) June 8, 1942 (age 72)
Wyoming, United States
Nationality American
Alma mater Brigham Young University, Tufts University
Religion The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (Mormon)

Robert R. "Bob" King (born June 8, 1942) is an American diplomat. He was nominated in September 2009 by President Barack Obama and confirmed by the United States Senate in November 2009, to serve as United States special envoy for North Korean Human Rights Issues, an ambassadorial ranked position.[1]

Life and career[edit]

King is a native of Wyoming. King holds a bachelors degree from Brigham Young University and a Ph.D. from The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University. He worked for 24 years as the chief of staff to congressman Tom Lantos (along with his wife Kay) and at the same time Democratic Staff Director of the House Foreign Affairs Committee (2001–2009). Earlier he was Assistant Director of Research at Radio Free Europe in Munich, Germany, and as a White House Fellow (National Security staff), a member of the National Security Council Staff in the Carter Administration.

While working for Radio Free Europe in Germany, he proposed returning the Holy Crown of Hungary to Hungary to help improve relations with that nation in a mock memo as part of his application to work in a White House Fellow for the Carter Administration. Upon being accepted, doing so became part of his responsibilities.[2]

King is the author of five books and some 40 articles on international relations topics.[3] King received the Knight’s Cross Order of Merit of the Republic of Hungary. He is a Latter-day Saint and served from 1961 to 1963 as a missionary in the New England Mission of the LDS Church.

King and his wife Kay are the parents of three children. He is also a member of the Council on Foreign Relations.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "King, Robert R.". United States Department of State. Retrieved 5 July 2010. 
  2. ^ "Of Crown and Country" by Brittany Karford Rogers, BYU Magazine, Spring 2012. Accessed May 3, 2012.
  3. ^ "Dr. Robert R. King, Staff Director of the House Committee on Foreign Affairs, Receives Coalition Award at Mikulás Dinner". Hungarian-American Coalition. Retrieved 5 July 2010. 

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