United States Ambassador to Laos
|Ambassador of the United States to Laos|
Seal of the United States Department of State
|Inaugural holder||Paul L. Guest
as Chargé d'Affaires ad interim
|Website||U.S. Embassy - Vientiane|
This is a list of United States Ambassadors to the Lao People's Democratic Republic, or Laos. The Embassy at Laos was established on August 22, 1950. The Embassy has been mainly concerned of the outspead of the Bird Flu, which has been reported in many parts of Southern Asia.
U.S. diplomatic terms
After 1915, The United States Department of State began classifying ambassadors as career Foreign Service Officers (FSOs) for those who have served in the Foreign Service for a specified amount of time.
A person who is not a career foreign service officer, but is appointed by the president (often as a reward to political friends).
The date that the ambassador took the oath of office; also known as “commissioning”. It follows confirmation of a presidential appointment by the Senate, or a Congressional-recess appointment by the president. In the case of a recess appointment, the ambassador requires subsequent confirmation by the Senate.
The date that the ambassador presented his letter of credence to the head of state or appropriate authority of the receiving nation. At this time the ambassador officially becomes the representative of his country. This would normally occur a short time after the ambassador’s arrival on station. The host nation may reject the ambassador by not receiving the ambassador’s letter, but this occurs only rarely.
Usually the date that the ambassador left the country. In some cases a letter of recall is presented, ending the ambassador’s commission, either as a means of diplomatic protest or because the diplomat is being reassigned elsewhere and replaced by another envoy.
The person in charge of the business of the embassy when there is no ambassador commissioned to the host country. See chargé d'affaires.
Latin phrase meaning "for the time being", "in the meantime". See ad interim.
|Name||Career Status||Presentation of Credentials||Termination of Mission||Comment|
|Paul L. Guest||Aug-1950||Dec-1950||ad interim|
|Donald R. Heath||29-Dec-1950||01-Nov-1954||Resident at Saigon|
|Charles W. Yost||01-Nov-1954||27-Apr-1956|
|J. Graham Parsons||12-Oct-1956||08-Feb-1958|
|Horace H. Smith||09-Apr-1958||21-Jun-1960|
|Winthrop G. Brown||25-Jul-1960||28-Jun-1962|
|Leonard S. Unger||25-Jul-1962||01-Dec-1964|
|William H. Sullivan||23-Dec-1964||18-Mar-1969|
|G. McMurtrie Godley||24-Jul-1969||23-Apr-1973|
|Charles S. Whitehouse||20-Sep-1973||12-Apr-1975|
|Thomas J. Corcoran||Aug-1975||Mar-1978||ad interim|
|George B. Roberts, Jr.||Mar-1978||Sep-1979||ad interim|
|Leo J. Moser||Sep-1979||Oct-1981||ad interim|
|William W. Thomas, Jr.||Nov-1981||Nov-1983||ad interim|
|Theresa A. Tull||Nov-1983||Aug-1986||ad interim|
|Harriet W. Isom||Aug-1986||Aug-1989||ad interim|
|Charles B. Salmon, Jr.||Aug-1989||26-Jul-1993||ad interim Aug-1989 Aug-1992, Ambassador 06-Aug-1992 26-Jul-1993|
|Victor L. Tomseth||08-Jan-1994||20-Aug-1996|
|Douglas A. Hartwick||18-Sep-2001||21-Apr-2004|
|Patricia M. Haslach||04-Sep-2004||c. 2007|
|Ravic R. Huso||22-Jun-2007||22-Aug-2010|
|Karen B. Stewart||16-Nov-2010||Incumbent|
|Daniel A. Clune||21-Jun-2013||Incumbent|
- United States Department of State: Background notes on Laos
- This article incorporates public domain material from websites or documents of the United States Department of State (Background Notes).
- United States Department of State: Chiefs of Mission for Laos
- United States Department of State: Laos
- United States Embassy in Vientiane