Richard M. Mills Jr.

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Richard Mills
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United States Deputy Ambassador to the United Nations
Assumed office
November 9, 2020
Serving with Jeffrey Prescott
PresidentDonald Trump
Joe Biden
AmbassadorKelly Craft
Linda Thomas-Greenfield
Preceded byJonathan Cohen
Acting United States Ambassador to the United Nations
In office
January 20, 2021 – February 25, 2021
PresidentJoe Biden
Preceded byKelly Craft
Succeeded byLinda Thomas-Greenfield
Acting United States Ambassador to Canada
In office
August 23, 2019 – November 9, 2020
PresidentDonald Trump
Preceded byKelly Craft (as Ambassador)
Succeeded byKatherine Brucker
United States Ambassador to Armenia
In office
February 15, 2015 – October 17, 2018
PresidentBarack Obama
Donald Trump
Preceded byJohn A. Heffern
Succeeded byLynne M. Tracy
Personal details
Born
Richard Merrill Mills Jr.[1]

(1959-02-23) February 23, 1959 (age 63)[2]
Louisiana, U.S.
EducationGeorgetown University (BA)
University of Texas, Austin (JD)
National Defense University (MS)

Richard Merrill Mills Jr. (born February 23, 1959)[3] is an American diplomat who currently serves as the United States Deputy Ambassador to the United Nations. He served as the U.S. Chargé d'Affaires and Acting Permanent Representative to the United Nations between January 20, 2021, and February 24, 2021, when Linda Thomas-Greenfield became ambassador.

He previously served as the U.S. Chargé d'Affaires for Canada.[4]

Early life and education[edit]

Mills was born in Louisiana and grew up in Michigan. He received a Bachelor of Arts from Georgetown University, Juris Doctor from the University of Texas School of Law, and a Master of Science in National Security Strategy from the National Defense University.

Career[edit]

Legal career[edit]

Prior to his Foreign Service career, Mills was an associate attorney in the Washington, D.C. office of Duncan, Allen and Mitchell, and then at the Washington, D.C. office of Wickwire, Gavin and Gibbs.

Diplomatic career[edit]

Mills's first tour as a Foreign Service Officer was at the U.S. embassy in Paris in 1988, where he served as a consular officer and staff assistant to Ambassador Walter Curley.[5] He has had assignments in the Executive Secretariat at the Department of State (1996–1998), Dublin (1999–2001), the United States Mission to the United Nations in New York City (2001–2003), Islamabad (2003–2004), Riyadh (2005–2006), London (2006–2009), Baghdad (2009–2010), and Valletta (2010–2012).[6][5] He then served as Deputy Chief of Mission at the U.S. embassy in Beirut, from 2012 to 2014.[6][5] During his career, Mills has also served in the Office of Legislative Affairs, at the U.S. Consulate in Saint Petersburg, and in the now-defunct Bureau of Soviet Union Affairs.[6][5] In July 2014, Mills was nominated by President Barack Obama to be the United States Ambassador to Armenia, a position in which he served until October 2018.[7][8]

In November 2018, Mills assumed the position of Deputy Chief of Mission at the Embassy of the United States in Ottawa. Following the resignation of United States Ambassador to Canada Kelly Craft in August 2019 upon her nomination to be US Ambassador to the UN, he became the acting Ambassador to Canada, with the title of Chargé d'affaires.

In January 2020, Mills was nominated to be the next United States Deputy Ambassador to the United Nations, again serving under now United States Ambassador to the United Nations Kelly Craft. He was confirmed by the Senate on August 6, 2020.[9] He arrived on November 8, 2020.[10]

Mills holds the personal rank of Minister-Counselor in the United States Senior Foreign Service. He was a nominee for the Deputy Chief of Mission of the Year Award in 2012, and has received nine Superior Honor Awards from the Department of State. He speaks fluent French and conversational Russian.[6]

Previous roles in the Foreign Service[edit]

  • Consular Officer at the U.S. Embassy in Paris, France (1988–1990)
  • Desk Officer in the Bureau of Soviet Union Affairs, Washington D.C. (1990–1993)
  • Political Officer at the U.S. Consulate in St. Petersburg, Russia (1993–1995)
  • Legislative Affairs Officer at the Office of Legislative Affairs, Washington D.C. (1995–1996)
  • Line Director in the Executive Secretariat at the Department of State, Washington D.C. (1996–1998)
  • Economic Counselor at the U.S. Embassy in Dublin, Ireland (1999–2001)
  • Political Officer at the U.S. Mission to the United Nations, New York (2001–2003)
  • Deputy Political Counselor at the U.S. Embassy in Islamabad, Pakistan (2003–2004)
  • Energy Attaché and Acting Economic Counselor at the U.S. Embassy in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia (2005–2006)
  • Political Counselor at the U.S. Embassy in London, United Kingdom (2006–2009)
  • Senior Democracy Advisor at the U.S. Embassy in Baghdad, Iraq (2009–2010)
  • Deputy Chief of Mission and Chargé d'Affaires at the U.S. Embassy in Valletta, Malta (2010–2012)
  • Deputy Chief of Mission at the U.S. Embassy in Beirut, Lebanon (2012–2014)
  • Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary to Armenia (2015–2018)
  • Deputy Chief of Mission and Chargé d'Affaires at the U.S. Embassy in Ottawa, Canada (2018–2020)
  • Deputy Representative, with rank and status of Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary, and Chargé d'Affaires at the U.S. Mission to the United Nations in New York, and Deputy Representative to the U.N. Security Council (2020–2021)

Personal life[edit]

Mills is married to Leigh Gabrielle Carter, a retired U.S. Foreign Service Officer.[6] They were married on October 18, 1991, in Arlington, Virginia.[2]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "PN962 – Foreign Service". U.S. Congress. April 27, 1988. Retrieved 2019-09-23.
  2. ^ a b "Marriage Return". Department of Health, Division of Vital Statistics. No. 91–053870. Commonwealth of Virginia. October 21, 1991.
  3. ^ "Richard M. Mills Jr. – People – Department History – Office of the Historian". history.state.gov.
  4. ^ "Chargé d'Affaires Richard Mills Jr". U.S. Embassy & Consulates in Canada. Retrieved 2019-09-20.
  5. ^ a b c d "U.S. Ambassador to Armenia: Who Is Richard Mills?". AllGov. October 12, 2014. Retrieved November 22, 2015.
  6. ^ a b c d e "U.S. Ambassador to Armenia". Embassy of the United States, Yerevan. Retrieved November 22, 2015.
  7. ^ Mills, Richard M. (October 9, 2018). "Farewell Speech As Prepared Ambassador Richard M. Mills". am.usembassy.gov. Retrieved December 10, 2018.
  8. ^ "President Obama Announces More Key Administration Posts". whitehouse.gov. July 10, 2014. Retrieved November 22, 2015 – via National Archives.
  9. ^ "PN1340 – Richard M. Mills Jr. – Department of State". U.S. Congress. Retrieved January 8, 2020.
  10. ^ "Welcome Ambassador Richard M. Mills, U.S. Deputy Representative to the United Nations". United States Mission to the United Nations. Retrieved 2020-12-08.
Diplomatic posts
Preceded by United States Ambassador to Armenia
2015–2018
Succeeded by
Preceded by United States Ambassador to Canada
Acting

2019–2020
Succeeded by
Preceded by United States Deputy Ambassador to the United Nations
2020–present
Incumbent
Preceded by United States Ambassador to the United Nations
Acting

2021
Succeeded by