United States Ambassador-at-Large for International Religious Freedom
|Ambassador-at-Large of the United States for International Religious Freedom|
Seal of the United States Department of State
|Inaugural holder||Bob Seiple
|Website||U.S. Office - IRF|
The position was created by the International Religious Freedom Act of 1998. The first ambassador-at-large was Bob Seiple who served from 1999 to 2001. He was succeeded by John Hanford who served from May 2002 until January 2009.
On June 15, 2010 President Barack Obama nominated Doctor Suzan Johnson Cook as his Ambassador-at-Large for International Religious Freedom. However, her nomination was put on hold in the Senate and therefore expired without a vote at the end of the 111th session of Congress on January 3, 2011.
She was renominated and confirmed on April 14, 2011. She was sworn in and began work on May 16, 2011. She resigned in October 2013.  As of May 22, 2014, the position is still vacant, and President Obama has yet to nominate a replacement.
- U.S. Department of State. "Biography Robert A Seiple." September 11, 2009.
- U.S. Department of State. "Biography John V. Hanford III." September 11, 2009.
- President Obama Announces More Key Administration Posts. 15 Jun. 2010
- United States Office of International Religious Freedom
- Annual Report on International Religious Freedom 1999-Present
- Ambassador Johnson Cook's official biography
- Ambassador Johnson Cook on Facebook
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