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.  On July 28, 2014, President Obama nominated Rabbi David Saperstein for the position. On December 15th, 2014 the Senate confirmed David to the office, and he is the first non-Christian to hold this post.
- Bob Seiple (1999-2001)
- John Hanford (2002-2009)
- Suzan Johnson Cook (2011-2013)
- David Saperstein (2014- )
- 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
- Dias, Elizabeth. Obama Nominates Rabbi to Religious Freedom Post, Time, 28 July 2014. Retrieved 31 July 2014.
- Rabbi David Saperstein confirmed as U.S. Ambassador for Religious Freedom, AL.com, 17 December 2014, Retrieved 19 December 2014
- US Senate approves rabbi as freedom of faith envoy, Times of Israel, 15 December 2015. Retrieved 15 December 2014
- 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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