Matthew H. Tueller

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Matthew H. Tueller
Matthew Tueller US State Dept photo.jpg
United States Ambassador to Iraq
Assumed office
June 9, 2019
PresidentDonald Trump
Preceded byJoey R. Hood (Chargé d'Affaires)
United States Ambassador to Yemen
In office
May 8, 2014 – May 16, 2019
PresidentBarack Obama
Donald Trump
Preceded byGerald Feierstein
United States Ambassador to Kuwait
In office
September 28, 2011 – April 28, 2014
PresidentBarack Obama
Preceded byDeborah Jones
Succeeded byMichael Adler
Personal details
Matthew Heywood Tueller[1]

1957 (age 61–62)
Spouse(s)DeNeece Gurney
Alma materBrigham Young University, Utah
Harvard University

Matthew H. Tueller (born 1957)[2] is an American diplomat who currently serves as the United States Ambassador to Iraq.[3]

On November 7, 2018, the White House announced the president’s intent to nominate Ambassador Matthew H. Tueller to be the next United States Ambassador to Iraq.[4] On May 16, 2019, the United States Senate confirmed the nomination of Matthew Tueller to be United States Ambassador to the Republic of Iraq.[5][6][7]


Tueller was the United States Ambassador to Yemen.

Matthew H. Tueller arrived in Kuwait on September 23, 2011. He was nominated as the U.S. Ambassador to Kuwait by President Barack Obama on May 4, 2011. His nomination was confirmed by the U.S. Senate on June 30, 2011, and he was sworn in by Deputy Secretary of State William J. Burns on September 8.[8][9]

Matthew H. Tueller, of the State of Utah, is a career member of the Senior Foreign Service and his other overseas assignments have included Deputy Chief of Mission at Embassy Cairo; Political Minister Counselor at Embassy Baghdad; Deputy Chief of Mission at Embassy Kuwait; Political Counselor at Embassy Riyadh; Chief of the U.S. Office in Aden, Yemen; Deputy Chief of Mission at Embassy Doha; Political Officer at Embassy London; and Political Officer and Consular Officer at Embassy Amman. His Washington assignments have included Deputy Director in the Office of Northern Gulf Affairs and Egypt Desk Officer.

He has been involved in negotiations between Yemen's Houthi forces and partners of the Saudi-led coalition during the course of the present civil war. His impartiality has been questioned by both Houthi negotiators and others within the State Department, leading to criticism over the United States' role in the prolonged state of the conflict and the resulting humanitarian crisis.[10]

On November 7, 2018, President Trump nominated Tueller to be the American Ambassador to Iraq. On May 16, 2019, the Senate confirmed his nomination by voice vote.[11] On June 9, 2019, Tueller presented credentials to the Iraqi government.[12]

Personal life[edit]

Tueller is married to DeNeece Gurney and has five children.[13] Tueller holds a B.A. from Brigham Young University and a M.P.P. from Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government. He is an active member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, having served a two year mission in Spain. His father, Blaine Tueller, was a Foreign Service officer and as a result Tuleller grew up in Europe, North Africa, and Latin America, including four years in Tangier, Morocco where he learned Arabic.[14]


  1. ^ "PN1009-1 — Foreign Service". U.S. Congress. December 24, 2009. Retrieved 9 November 2018.
  2. ^ "Matthew Haywood Tueller - People - Department History - Office of the Historian". Retrieved 2019-08-14.
  3. ^ "President Donald J. Trump Announces Intent to Nominate Individuals to Key Administration Posts". The White House. November 7, 2018. Retrieved 9 November 2018.
  4. ^ Career Diplomat Matthew Tueller to be U.S. Ambassador to Iraq
  5. ^ U.S. Senate Confirms Matthew Tueller as U.S. Ambassador to Iraq
  6. ^ Senate confirms Matt Tueller as US ambassador to Iraq
  7. ^ U.S. Mission Iraq Gets a New Ambassador After Mandatory Evacuation of Non-Emergency Personnel
  8. ^ Federal Regional Yellow Book: Who's who in the Federal Government's Departments, Agencies, Courts, Military Installations, and Service Academies Outside of Washington, DC. Monitor Publishing Company. 2000. Retrieved 31 March 2013.
  9. ^ United States Department of State
  10. ^ The U.S. Ambassador To Yemen's Hard-line Approach Is Jamming Up Peace Efforts, The Intercept, December 13, 2017
  11. ^ "PN146 — Matthew H. Tueller — Department of State". United States Congress. May 16, 2019. Retrieved July 30, 2019.
  12. ^ “Ambassador Matthew H. Tueller”, Department of State
  13. ^ “Ambassador Matthew H. Tueller”, Department of State
  14. ^ "U.S. Ambassador to Yemen: Who Is Matthew Tueller?". April 25, 2015. Retrieved September 13, 2019.

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Diplomatic posts
Preceded by
Deborah Jones
United States Ambassador to Kuwait
Succeeded by
Michael Adler
Preceded by
Gerald Feierstein
United States Ambassador to Yemen