United States Ambassador to Senegal

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Ambassador of the United States to Senegal
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Incumbent
Lewis A. Lukens

since August 11, 2011
Nominator Barack Obama
Inaugural holder Henry Serrano Villard
as Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary
Formation October 8, 1960
Website U.S. Embassy - Dakar

The United States Ambassador to Senegal is the official representative of the President of the United States to the head of state of Senegal. The ambassador is concurrently the ambassador to Guinea-Bissau, while resident in Dakar, Senegal.

Ambassadors and chiefs of mission[edit]

Name Career Status Appointed Presentation

of Credentials

Termination of Mission
Henry Serrano Villard Career FSO October 8, 1960 October 31, 1960 Left post, April 30, 1961
Philip Mayer Kaiser Political appointee June 22, 1961 July 20, 1961 Left post, May 18, 1964
Mercer Cook Political appointee July 9, 1964 August 29, 1964 Left post, July 1, 1966
William Robert Rivkin Political appointee October 13, 1966 December 16, 1966 Died at post, March 19, 1967
Lewis Dean Brown Career FSO October 18, 1967 December 22, 1967 Left post, August 15, 1970
G. Edward Clark Political appointee October 12, 1970 November 18, 1970 Left post, October 16, 1973
Herman Jay Cohen Career FSO June 24, 1977 July 22, 1977 Left post, July 21, 1980
Walter C. Carrington Political appointee August 27, 1980 October 16, 1980 Left post, March 3, 1981
Charles William Bray Career FSO June 30, 1981 July 18, 1981 Left post, May 17, 1985
Lannon Walker Career FSO July 12, 1985 August 7, 1985 Left post, August 18, 1988
George Edward Moose Career FSO April 28, 1988 October 13, 1988 Left post, May 21, 1991
Katherine Shirley Career FSO March 25, 1991 June 5, 1991 Left post, September 1, 1992
Mark Johnson (U.S. ambassador) Career FSO May 25, 1993 June 22, 1993 Left post, June 15, 1996
Dane Farnsworth Smith Career FSO June 11, 1996 September 16, 1996 Left post, July 16, 1999
Harriet L. Elam-Thomas Career FSO November 16, 1999 January 14, 2000 Left post, December 6, 2002
Richard Allen Roth Career FSO November 15, 2002 February 13, 2004 Left post, August 4, 2005
Janice L. Jacobs Career FSO February 21, 2006 April 14, 2006 Left post, July 15, 2007
Marcia S. B. Bernicat Career FSO June 6, 2008 August 6, 2008 ca. June 2011
Lewis A. Lukens Career FSO July 11, 2011 August 11, 2011 Incumbent

U.S. diplomatic terms


Career FSO
After 1915, The United States Department of State began classifying ambassadors as career Foreign Service Officers (FSOs) for those who have served in the Foreign Service for a specified amount of time.

Political appointee
A person who is not a career foreign service officer, but is appointed by the president (often as a reward to political friends).

Appointed
The date that the ambassador took the oath of office; also known as “commissioning”. It follows confirmation of a presidential appointment by the Senate, or a Congressional-recess appointment by the president. In the case of a recess appointment, the ambassador requires subsequent confirmation by the Senate.

Presented credentials
The date that the ambassador presented his letter of credence to the head of state or appropriate authority of the receiving nation. At this time the ambassador officially becomes the representative of his country. This would normally occur a short time after the ambassador’s arrival on station. The host nation may reject the ambassador by not receiving the ambassador’s letter, but this occurs only rarely.

Terminated mission
Usually the date that the ambassador left the country. In some cases a letter of recall is presented, ending the ambassador’s commission, either as a means of diplomatic protest or because the diplomat is being reassigned elsewhere and replaced by another envoy.

Chargé d'affaires
The person in charge of the business of the embassy when there is no ambassador commissioned to the host country. See chargé d'affaires.

Ad interim
Latin phrase meaning "for the time being", "in the meantime". See ad interim.

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