United States Ambassador to the Marshall Islands

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Ambassador of the United States to the Marshall Islands
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Incumbent
Thomas Hart Armbruster

since August 2, 2012
Nominator Barack Obama
Inaugural holder Samuel B. Thomsen
as Representative
Formation October 21, 1986
Website U.S. Embassy - Majuro

This is a list of the ambassadors of the United States to the Marshall Islands. The Office of the U.S. Representative was opened at Majuro on October 21, 1986. It was upgraded to an Embassy on September 6, 1989. On Tuesday, May 15, 2012, the White House Press Office, in a list of nominations, announced that President Barack Obama had nominated Thomas Hart Armbruster, of New York, a Career Member of the Senior Foreign Service, Class of Counselor, to be Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the United States of America to the Republic of the Marshall Islands. Armbruster was confirmed by the U.S. Senate on August 2, 2012.[1] He succeeded Ambassador Campbell.[2]

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.

Ambassadors[edit]

  • Samuel B. Thomsen – Career FSO
    • State of Residency: California
    • Title: Representative
    • Appointment: Jun 15, 1987
    • Presentation of Credentials: Jul 11, 1987
    • Termination of Mission: Left post, Jul 11, 1990
  • William Bodde, Jr. – Career FSO
    • State of Residency: Maryland
    • Title: Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary
    • Appointment: Jun 27, 1990
    • Presentation of Credentials: Aug 6, 1990
    • Termination of Mission: Left post, Jun 28, 1992
  • David C. Fields – Career FSO
    • State of Residency: California
    • Title: Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary
    • Appointment: Jul 7, 1992
    • Presentation of Credentials: Aug 19, 1992
    • Termination of Mission: Left post, May 15, 1995
  • Joan M. Plaisted – Career FSO
    • State of Residency: California
    • Title: Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary
    • Appointment: Dec 19, 1995
    • Presentation of Credentials: Feb 9, 1996
    • Termination of Mission: Left post Jul 28, 2000
    • Note: Also accredited to Kiribati; resident at Majuro.
  • Michael J. Senko – Career FSO
    • State of Residency: District of Columbia
    • Title: Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary
    • Appointment: Dec 28, 2000
    • Presentation of Credentials: Jan 26, 2001
    • Termination of Mission: Left post Aug 2, 2003
    • Note: Also accredited to Kiribati; resident at Majuro.
  • Greta N. Morris – Career FSO
    • State of Residency: California
    • Title: Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary
    • Appointment: Jul 1, 2003
    • Presentation of Credentials: Aug 26, 2003
    • Termination of Mission: Left post, Aug 2, 2006
  • Clyde Bishop – Career FSO
    • State of Residency: Delaware
    • Title: Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary
    • Appointment: Jul 18, 2006
    • Presentation of Credentials: Dec 7, 2006
    • Termination of Mission: 2009
  • Martha Campbell – Career FSO
    • State of Residency: Unknown
    • Title: Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary
    • Appointment: August 21, 2009
    • Presentation of Credentials: Unknown
    • Termination of Mission: 2012
  • Thomas Hart Armbruster - Career FSO
    • State of Residency: New York
    • Title: Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary
    • Appointment: August 2, 2012
    • Presentation of Credentials: Sep 6, 2012
    • Termination of Mission: Incumbent

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