William Brownfield

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William Brownfield
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United States Ambassador to Chile
In office
March 25, 2002 – July 19, 2004
President George W. Bush
Preceded by John O'Leary
Succeeded by Craig A. Kelly
United States Ambassador to Venezuela
In office
August 27, 2004 – July 2007
President George W. Bush
Preceded by Charles S. Shapiro
Succeeded by Patrick Duddy
United States Ambassador to Colombia
In office
September 12, 2007 – August 5, 2010
President George W. Bush
Barack Obama
Preceded by William Braucher Wood
Succeeded by P. Michael McKinley
Personal details
Born 1952
Nationality American
Spouse(s) Kristie Kenney

William R. Brownfield (born 1952) is a Career Ambassador in the United States Foreign Service and the current Assistant Secretary of State for the Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs as of January 10, 2011.[1] He has previously served as U.S. Ambassador to Chile, Venezuela, and Colombia.

Biography[edit]

A career Foreign Service Officer, William Brownfield was United States Ambassador to Colombia. He arrived in Colombia on August 31, 2007 and was accredited by Colombian President Álvaro Uribe on September 12, 2007. On August 3, 2010, the United States confirmed Peter Michael McKinley as the new ambassador to Colombia.

Prior to arriving in Colombia, Brownfield was Ambassador to Venezuela, and before that Chile.

Ambassador Brownfield's first assignment after joining the Foreign Service in 1979 was in Maracaibo, Venezuela. His other overseas postings include service as Counselor for Humanitarian Affairs in Geneva, and assignments in Argentina and El Salvador. He was temporarily assigned as Political Adviser to the Commander-in-Chief, U.S. Southern Command in Panama 1989-1990.

In Washington, Ambassador Brownfield's assignments have included Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Western Hemisphere (WHA), Director for Policy in the Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs, Executive Assistant in the Bureau of Inter-American Affairs, Member of the Secretary's Policy Planning Staff, and Special Assistant to the Under Secretary for Political Affairs.

Ambassador Brownfield is a graduate of St. Andrew's School (1970), Cornell University (1974) and the National War College (1993); he also attended the University of Texas School of Law (1976–1978).

Chávez attacks[edit]

In a nationally-televised speech on April 9, 2006, Venezuelan President Hugo Chávez threatened to expel Brownfield for “provoking the Venezuelan people.”[2] Chávez said “Start packing your bags, mister - if you keep on provoking us, start packing your bags, because I’ll kick you out of here.”[2]

On 25 January 2007, Brownfield was again threatened with expulsion by President Chávez. Chávez was responding to Brownfield's comments on the planned nationalization of several Venezuelan companies in which US companies are minority shareholders.[3]

Honduras[edit]

He was reportedly "not forthcoming" about the death of 4 civilians in Honduras, shot from a state department helicopter. [4]

Personal life[edit]

Brownfield is married to Kristie Kenney, the United States Ambassador to Thailand. He speaks Spanish with a pronounced Texas accent, and French adequately. Despite his long residence outside Texas, and the fact that he was not born in Texas, he considers himself a Texas native.[citation needed]

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://www.state.gov/r/pa/ei/biog/154184.htm
  2. ^ a b "Chavez threatens to expel U.S. ambassador". MSNBC News Service Online. 2006. 
  3. ^ CNN.com[dead link]
  4. ^ Geoff Earle; S.A. Miller (June 12, 2013). "State Department stymied probe into shooting of four Hondurans, whistleblower says". The New York Post. 

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Diplomatic posts
Preceded by
John O'Leary
United States Ambassador to Chile
March 25, 2002–July 19, 2004
Succeeded by
Craig A. Kelly
Preceded by
Charles S. Shapiro
United States Ambassador to Venezuela
August 27, 2004– July 2007
Succeeded by
Patrick Duddy
Preceded by
William Braucher Wood
United States Ambassador to Colombia
September 12, 2007–August 5, 2010
Succeeded by
P. Michael McKinley