United States Permanent Representative to NATO

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Permanent Representative of the United States to NATO
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Seal of the United States Department of State
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Incumbent
Douglas Lute

since September 3, 2013
Nominator Barack Obama
Inaugural holder William H. Draper, Jr.
as Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary
Formation April 8, 1953
Website U.S. Mission - NATO

The United States Permanent Representative to NATO (commonly called the U.S. Ambassador to NATO) is the official representative of the United States to the North Atlantic Treaty Organization. The Representative has the rank of full ambassador and is appointed by the President and confirmed by the Senate. The full official title of the Representative is United States Permanent Representative on the Council of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization, with the rank and status of Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary. The current U.S. Ambassador to NATO is Douglas Lute.

The first Representative was appointed by President Dwight D. Eisenhower in 1953.

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Image Ambassador Dates served
William Henry Draper Jr.jpg William Henry Draper, Jr. April 8, 1953 – June 13, 1953
Fond blanc.svg John Chambers Hughes June 12, 1953 – April 20, 1955
Fond blanc.svg George Walbridge Perkins, Jr. March 14, 1955 – October 12, 1957
Fond blanc.svg Warren Randolph Burgess September 21, 1957 – March 23, 1961
Thomas K. Finletter.jpg Thomas K. Finletter March 2, 1961 – September 2, 1965
Harlan Cleveland 2006.jpg Harlan Cleveland September 1, 1965 – June 11, 1969
Fond blanc.svg Robert Ellsworth May 13, 1969 – June 30, 1971
David M Kennedy.jpg David M. Kennedy March 17, 1972 – February 1, 1973
Rumsfeld1.jpg Donald Rumsfeld February 2, 1973 – December 5, 1974
Fond blanc.svg David K. E. Bruce October 17, 1974 – February 12, 1976
Fond blanc.svg Robert Strausz-Hupé March 3, 1976 – April 20, 1977
Tappley Bennett.JPG William Tapley Bennett Jr. April 26, 1977 – March 31, 1983
David M Abshire.jpg David Manker Abshire July 13, 1983 – January 5, 1987
Fond blanc.svg Alton G. Keel, Jr. March 13, 1987 – June 17, 1989
William Howard Taft IV, Deptuty Secretary of Defense, official portrait.JPEG William Howard Taft IV August 3, 1989 – June 26, 1992
Fond blanc.svg Reginald Bartholomew June 15, 1992 – March 25, 1993
WilsonHunter.preview.JPG Robert E. Hunter July 1, 1993 – December 31, 1997
Alexander Vershbow.JPG Alexander Vershbow November 10, 1997 – July 9, 2001
Burns, R. Nicholas - Under Secretary for Political Affairs.jpg R. Nicholas Burns August 7, 2001 – March 7, 2005
Victoria Nuland State Department.jpg Victoria Nuland July 13, 2005 – May 2, 2008
Kurt Volker.jpg Kurt Volker July 2, 2008 – May 15, 2009
Amb. Ivo H. Daalder WEB.jpg Ivo Daalder May 15, 2009 – September 2, 2013
Douglas Lute 2013.JPG Douglas Lute September 3, 2013 – Incumbent

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