Robert S. Beecroft

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Robert S. Beecroft
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Robert S. Beecroft. U.S. State Dep’t photo
United States Ambassador to Iraq
Assumed office
October 9, 2012
President Barack Obama
Preceded by James Franklin Jeffrey
United States Ambassador to Jordan
In office
August 2008 – June 2011
President Barack Obama
Preceded by David Hale
Succeeded by Stuart E. Jones
Personal details
Alma mater Brigham Young University;
University of California, Berkeley.
Profession Diplomat
Religion Mormon

Robert Stephen Beecroft is an American diplomat. He has served as United States Ambassador to Iraq since October 2012.[1]


He holds a B.A. from Brigham Young University and a J.D. from the University of California, Berkeley.[2][3] A member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, he was a Mormon missionary in Venezuela.[2][3] He practiced law in the San Francisco office of an international law firm.[3]

He joined the United States Foreign Service in 1994.[3] He carried out an assignment in Washington, D.C. as Executive Assistant to two Secretaries of State, Colin Powell and Condoleezza Rice, and Special Assistant to a Deputy Secretary of State.[2][3] He has also held assignments in the Department of State's Executive Secretariat and its Bureau of Near Eastern Affairs.[2] Overseas he has served at the U.S. embassies in Amman, Riyadh, and Damascus. He served as Ambassador to the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan from August 2008 until June 2011.[2][3]

He joined the U.S. embassy in Baghdad, Iraq, as Deputy Chief of Mission on July 14, 2011.[1] He became Charge d'Affaires upon the departure of Ambassador James Jeffrey on June 1, 2012.[1] On September 11, 2012, the White House Press Office announced that President Barack Obama had nominated Mr. Beecroft to the U.S. Senate to succeed Ambassador Jeffrey as the United States Ambassador to Iraq in the wake of the withdrawal of the nomination of Brett H. McGurk.[2][4] He was confirmed by the Senate on September 22, and sworn in on October 9, 2012.[1]

He is a recipient of the Department of State's Meritorious, Superior, and Distinguished Honor Awards and in April 2011 received the Diplomacy in Human Rights award.[2]


  1. ^ a b c d "New US ambassador to Iraq arrives in Baghdad". The New York Post. October 11, 2012. Retrieved 4 November 2012. 
  2. ^ a b c d e f g Joseph Walker, Pres. Barack Obama appoints LDS diplomat Robert Stephen Beecroft as ambassador to Iraq, Deseret News, September 15, 2012
  3. ^ a b c d e f Page Johnson, Ambassador Stephen Beecroft receives human rights award, Church News, April 27, 2011
  4. ^ Presidential Nominations Sent to the Senate,, September 11, 2012