Mark B. Childress

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Mark B. Childress
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United States Ambassador to Tanzania
In office
May 22, 2014 – November 25, 2016
PresidentBarack Obama
Preceded byAlfonso Lenhardt
Succeeded byVirginia Blaser (Acting)
White House Deputy Chief of Staff for Planning
In office
January 2012 – May 22, 2014
PresidentBarack Obama
Preceded byPosition established
Succeeded byKristie Canegallo
Personal details
Mark Bradley Childress

1959 (age 58–59)
Asheville, North Carolina, U.S.
Political partyDemocratic
EducationYale University (BA)
University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill (JD)

Mark Bradley Childress (born 1959) is the former United States Ambassador to Tanzania and former Deputy Chief of Staff for Planning in the administration of President Obama.[1] Previously, he served in the Department of Health and Human Services and on Capitol Hill.[2]

On July 8, 2013 President Obama announced his intent to nominate Childress to be United States Ambassador to Tanzania.[3] On July 9, 2013 his nomination was sent to the Senate.[4]

He received a hearing before the United States Senate Committee on Foreign Relations on September 24, 2013.[5] He was reported out of committee on October 31, 2013 and again on January 15, 2014. He was confirmed to his ambassadorship by voice vote on April 7, 2014. He presented his credentials to President Jakaya Mrisho Kikwete on May 22, 2014.[6] On October 25, 2016, Childress stepped down as the U.S. ambassador to Tanzania.[7]

External links[edit]


  1. ^ "2012 Annual Report to Congress on White House Staff". White House Office. 2012. Retrieved November 17, 2012.
  2. ^ Radnofsky, Louise; Meckler, Laura; Lee, Carol E. (2012-02-11). "Obama Retreats on Contraception". Wall Street Journal. Retrieved November 17, 2012.
  3. ^ "President Obama Announces More Key Administration Posts". The White House. Retrieved 8 July 2013.
  4. ^ "Presidential Nominations Sent to Senate". The White House. Retrieved 9 July 2013.
  5. ^ "Nominations". United States Senate Committee on Foreign Relations. Retrieved 8 April 2014.
  6. ^ "Mark Childress, U.S. Ambassador to the United Republic of Tanzania". Archived from the original on 2013-10-29.
  7. ^ "Previous Ambassadors | Dar Es Salaam, Tanzania - Embassy of the United States". Retrieved 2017-03-18.
Political offices
New office White House Deputy Chief of Staff for Planning
Succeeded by
Kristie Canegallo
Diplomatic posts
Preceded by
Alfonso E. Lenhardt
United States Ambassador to Tanzania
Succeeded by
Virginia Blaser