Steve King (ambassador)

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Steve King
Stephen B. King official photo.jpg
United States Ambassador to the Czech Republic
Assumed office
December 6, 2017
PresidentDonald Trump
Preceded byAndrew H. Schapiro
Personal details
Born (1941-07-04) July 4, 1941 (age 77)
Indianapolis, Indiana, U.S.
Political partyRepublican
Alma materWestern Illinois University
OccupationBusinessman

Stephen B. King (born July 4, 1941)[1] is an American businessman and political activist serving as the United States Ambassador to the Czech Republic since 2017.[2] A member of the Republican Party, he is the founder of King Capital LLC,[3] an equity investment and real estate company.[4] He previously worked at the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) as an agent[5] and campaigned unsuccessfully in 1988 for his party's nomination for the U.S. Senate in Wisconsin.[6]

Early life and education[edit]

King was born in Indianapolis, Indiana, and was raised in Chicago, Illinois. He received a Bachelor of arts in social science in 1963 and a Master's degree in political science in 1966 from Western Illinois University. He worked as a social science teacher in Rushville, Illinois from 1963 to 1966 and then as Assistant to the Superintendent of Schools in the same school district until 1967.[1]

Career[edit]

King joined the Federal Bureau of Investigation in 1967. He investigated civil rights violations in Jackson, Mississippi, followed by racially motivated crimes, homicide, arson, bombing and bank robbery.[citation needed] Three times he received special commendations for excellent performance.[1]

In 1970, King resigned to serve as legislative assistant to Republican Senator Edward Gurney of Florida. As Gurney's representative, he served on the staff of the United States Senate Homeland Security Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations, eventually becoming an investigator.[1] In 1972, King was named Special Assistant to Earl Butz, the US Secretary of Agriculture.[1]

Kidnapping accusation[edit]

In June 1972, at the time of the Watergate complex break-in, King was the security agent for the Committee for the Re-Election of the President assigned to hold Martha Mitchell, the wife of then United States Attorney General John N. Mitchell, in a hotel room in California, to prevent her from learning about the break-in.[7][8][9] Mitchell contended that she had been held in her room against her will by King, during which time he used physical force to prevent her from speaking to the press and restrained her while she was injected with a sedative.[10][11][9] The plot to hold Mrs. Mitchell was later confirmed by James McCord, one of the Watergate burglars.[12] King has not denied his involvement in Mrs. Mitchell's confinement, but disputes parts of her story.[13][11][14] Sean Bartlett, a spokesman for the Democrats on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, said King was asked about the incident involving Mitchell as part of his United States Senate confirmation process to be the next United States Ambassador to the Czech Republic. "After questioning him, and measuring his other qualifications and responses to questions on a range of issues, staff did not believe there was evidence or reason to delay his nomination," Bartlett said. King's appointment was approved by the Senate without objection in a voice vote.[15][16]

In 1976, King became director of development at his alma mater, Western Illinois University. A year later he started his career as a businessman. He moved to Whitewater, Wisconsin to serve as general manager of the woodworking firm Carlson's Miniatures. In 1979, he became a part owner and manager of Tomah Products, a chemical manufacturer. In 1994, King led a management buy-out of Tomah. Since then, he has served as president and CEO of Tomah Products, Inc.[1]

He served as a delegate to Wisconsin Republican state conventions and the first congressional district Republican caucus from 1978.[17] King was elected chairman of the Republican Party of Wisconsin in 1985. In 1988, King resigned[18] in order to launch a campaign for the U.S. Senate. He lost the Republican nomination to Susan Engeleiter, who was defeated by Democrat Herb Kohl in the general election.[6]

From 1990 to 2006, King served as president at the Milton Industrial and Economic Corporation. In 2006, King founded King Capital LLC,[17] an equity investment and real estate company.[4] In 2007, King was elected to represent Wisconsin on the Republican National Committee, and he served until 2017.[3]

United States Ambassador to the Czech Republic[edit]

In July 2017, President Donald Trump nominated King to be the next United States Ambassador to the Czech Republic.[19] This nomination was confirmed by the U.S. Senate on October 5, 2017.[20]

Personal life[edit]

King and his wife, Karen, live in Janesville, Wisconsin. They have three children.[1]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e f g "Steve King". Bucher Blog. July 12, 2005. Retrieved June 28, 2017.
  2. ^ "Steve King of Wisconsin is reported to be Trump's pick as ambassador to Czech Republic". Journal Sentinel. May 28, 2017. Retrieved June 28, 2017.
  3. ^ a b "RNC Chairman Reince Priebus Announces COA Chairman and Co - Chairman" (PDF). Republican National Committee. Retrieved June 28, 2017.
  4. ^ a b "King Capital". King Capital. Retrieved June 28, 2017.
  5. ^ "Steven Walters: Wisconsin Republicans play key roles in nominating process". GazetteXtra. May 26, 2015. Retrieved June 28, 2017.
  6. ^ a b "Wisconsin's Steve King will place Ryan's name in nomination". Journal Sentinel. August 28, 2012. Retrieved June 28, 2017.
  7. ^ Reeves, Richard (2002). President Nixon : alone in the White House (1st Touchstone ed. 2002. ed.). New York: Simon & Schuster. p. 511. ISBN 0-7432-2719-0.
  8. ^ McLendon, Winzola (1979). Martha: The Life of Martha Mitchell.
  9. ^ a b Cadden, Vivian (July 1973). "Martha Mitchell: The Day the Laughing Stopped" (PDF). McCall's. Archived from the original on 2011-12-07.
  10. ^ McQuiston, John T. (1976-06-01). "Martha Mitchell, 57, Dies Of Bone‐Marrow Cancer". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved 2017-12-04.
  11. ^ a b "Scott Walker's New Government Ethics Panel Has a Very Apt Watergate Connection". Esquire. 2016-03-04. Retrieved 2017-12-05.
  12. ^ "McCord Declares That Mrs. Mitchell Was Forcibly Held". The New York Times. 1975-02-19. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved 2017-12-04.
  13. ^ s.r.o., PTV Media. "Wisconsin's Steve King nominated for ambassador | Prague TV - Living Like a Local!". prague.tv. Retrieved 2017-12-05.
  14. ^ "The Xoff Files: Steve King's non-denial denial". August 19, 2016. Archived from the original on August 19, 2016. Retrieved December 5, 2017.
  15. ^ "One of Trump's ambassadors beat and "kidnapped" a woman as part of the Watergate cover-up: reports". Newsweek. 2017-12-11. Retrieved 2017-12-13.
  16. ^ "PN745 - Nomination of Stephen B. King for Department of State, 115th Congress (2017-2018)". www.congress.gov. 2017-10-05. Retrieved 2017-12-13.
  17. ^ a b "Steve King National Committeeman". GOP. Retrieved June 28, 2017.
  18. ^ "RNC Chairman Reince Priebus Announces COA Chairman and Co-Chairman". January 22, 2015. Retrieved June 28, 2017.
  19. ^ Noennig, Jordyn (July 10, 2017). "Trump nominates Wisconsin's Steve King to serve as ambassador to Czech Republic". Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. Retrieved August 17, 2017.
  20. ^ "PN745 — Stephen B. King — Department of State". U.S. Congress. October 5, 2017. Retrieved October 6, 2017.