List of ambassadors of the United States to Malaysia
|Ambassador of the United States to Malaysia|
Seal of the United States Department of State
|Seat||Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia|
|Nominator||The President of the United States|
with Senate advice and consent
|Inaugural holder||Thomas K. Wright|
as Chargé d'affaires ad interim
|Formation||August 31, 1957|
The Ambassador of the United States of America to Malaysia is the head of the United States's diplomatic mission to Malaysia. The position has the rank and status of an Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary and is based in the Embassy of the United States, Kuala Lumpur.
List of heads of mission
Ambassadors to Malaysia
|Name||Career||Title||Appointment||Presentation of Credentials||Termination of Mission|
|Thomas K. Wright||Career FSO||Chargé d'Affaires||August 31, 1957||September 4, 1957||Superseded December 2, 1957|
|Homer M. Byington, Jr.||Career FSO||Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary||October 3, 1957||December 2, 1957||Left post, April 1, 1961|
|Charles F. Baldwin||Career FSO||Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary||February 22, 1961||April 29, 1961||Left post, January 22, 1964|
|James D. Bell||Career FSO||Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary||March 4, 1964||March 23, 1964||Left post, July 15, 1969|
|Jack W. Lydman||Career FSO||Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary||September 15, 1969||October 8, 1969||Left post, December 20, 1973|
|Francis T. Underhill, Jr.||Career FSO||Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary||December 19, 1973||February 11, 1974||Left post, May 10, 1977|
|Robert Hopkins Miller||Career FSO||Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary||May 26, 1977||June 8, 1977||Left post, March 8, 1980|
|Barbara M. Watson||Political appointee||Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary||August 20, 1980||September 25, 1980||Left post, March 1, 1981|
|Ronald DeWayne Palmer||Career FSO||Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary||June 11, 1981||June 24, 1981||Left post, October 30, 1983|
|Thomas P. Shoesmith||Career FSO||Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary||November 18, 1983||December 12, 1983||Left post, February 14, 1987|
|John Cameron Monjo||Career FSO||Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary||April 7, 1987||June 10, 1987||Left post, April 22, 1989|
|Paul Matthews Cleveland||Career FSO||Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary||October 10, 1989||November 8, 1989||Left post, July 23, 1992|
|John Stern Wolf||Career FSO||Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary||August 11, 1992||October 7, 1992||Left post, June 10, 1995|
|John R. Malott||Career FSO||Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary||December 19, 1995||January 25, 1996||Left post December 30, 1998|
|B. Lynn Pascoe||Career FSO||Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary||October 22, 1998||March 1, 1999||Left post August 11, 2001|
|Marie T. Huhtala||Career FSO||Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary||August 3, 2001||October 17, 2001||Left post May 28, 2004|
|Christopher L. LaFleur||Career FSO||Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary||October 18, 2004||January 4, 2005||September 14, 2007|
|James P. Keith||Career FSO||Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary||May 30, 2007||December 4, 2007||Left post, March 15, 2010|
|Paul W. Jones||Career FSO||Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary||August 5, 2010||September 8, 2010||September 10, 2013|
|Joseph Y. Yun||Career FSO||Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary||September 12, 2013||October 3, 2013||October 2016|
|Kamala Shirin Lakhdhir||Career FSO||Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary||December 9, 2016||February 21, 2017||Incumbent|
- Embassy Kuala Lumpur was established on August 31, 1957, with Wright in charge.
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 to remain in office.
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.
- "Ambassador Kamala Shirin Lakhdhir presented her credentials to His Majesty The Yang Di-Pertuan Agong XV Sultan Muhammad V yesterday in a ceremony at Istana Negara". February 22, 2017. Retrieved August 4, 2018.
- Accredited to the Federation of Malaya. Not commissioned; letter of credence dated Aug 31, 1957.
- Commissioned during a recess of the Senate; recommissioned after confirmation on January 27, 1958. Accredited to the Federation of Malaya.
- Accredited to the Federation of Malaya.
- United States Department of State: Background notes on Malaysia
- This article incorporates public domain material from the United States Department of State website https://www.state.gov/r/pa/ei/bgn/index.htm (U.S. Bilateral Relations Fact Sheets).