United States Ambassador to Malta

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Ambassador of the United States to Malta
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Incumbent
G. Kathleen Hill

since January 13, 2016
Nominator The President of the United States
Inaugural holder Harrison Lewis
as Chargé d'affaires ad interim
Formation September 21, 1964
Website U.S. Embassy - Valletta

This is a list of Ambassadors of the United States to Malta. Initially a part of the British Empire, Malta was granted full independence as the State of Malta on September 21, 1964. The United States recognized the new nation and established full diplomatic relations after its independence, and retained relations after Malta became a republic in 1974. Harrison Lewis was appointed as the first American diplomat in Malta as Chargé d'Affaires ad interim until an ambassador could be commissioned.

Embassy[edit]

The Embassy of the United States in Malta was first established in Floriana, a suburb of the Maltese capital Valletta, on September 21, 1964. The embassy relocated to a larger complex in the village of Ta' Qali on July 4, 2011.[1]

Ambassadors[edit]

U.S. diplomatic terms


Career FSO
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.

Political appointee
A person who is not a career foreign service officer, but is appointed by the president (often as a reward to political friends).

Appointed
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.

Presented credentials
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.

Terminated mission
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.

Chargé d'affaires
The person in charge of the business of the embassy when there is no ambassador commissioned to the host country. See chargé d'affaires.

Ad interim
Latin phrase meaning "for the time being", "in the meantime". See ad interim.
  • George J. Feldman – Political appointee
    • Title: Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary
    • Appointed: July 22, 1965
    • Presented credentials: October 5, 1965
    • Terminated mission: Left post, September 6, 1967
  • Hugh H. Smythe – Political appointee
    • Title: Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary
    • Appointed: October 18, 1967
    • Presented credentials: December 29, 1967
    • Terminated mission: Left post, August 16, 1969
  • John C. Pritzlaff, Jr. – Political appointee
    • Title: Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary
    • Appointed: July 8, 1969
    • Presented credentials: September 4, 1969
    • Terminated mission: Left post, February 24, 1972
  • John I. Getz – Career FSO
    • Title: Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary
    • Appointed: February 15, 1972
    • Presented credentials: March 9, 1972
    • Terminated mission: Left post, July 18, 1974
  • Robert P. Smith – Career FSO
    • Title: Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary
    • Appointed: July 23, 1974
    • Presented credentials: September 24, 1974
    • Terminated mission: Left post, October 29, 1976
  • Lowell Bruce Laingen[a] – Career FSO
    • Title: Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary
    • Appointed: November 17, 1976
    • Presented credentials: January 11, 1977
    • Terminated mission: Left post, January 20, 1979
  • Joan Margaret Clark – Career FSO
    • Title: Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary
    • Appointed: March 21, 1979
    • Presented credentials: March 26, 1979
    • Terminated mission: Left post, February 21, 1981
  • Note: Frank P. Wardlaw served as Chargé d'Affaires ad interim, February 1981–August 1982.
  • James Malone Rentschler – Career FSO
    • Title: Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary
    • Appointed: August 18, 1982
    • Presented credentials: October 19, 1982
    • Terminated mission: Left post, July 26, 1985
  • Gary L. Matthews – Career FSO
    • Title: Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary
    • Appointed: August 1, 1985
    • Presented credentials: September 19, 1985
    • Terminated mission: May 23, 1987
  • Peter R. Sommer – Political appointee
    • Title: Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary
    • Appointed: September 28, 1987
    • Presented credentials: October 9, 1987
    • Terminated mission: October 8, 1989
  • Sally J. Novetzke – Political appointee
    • Title: Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary
    • Appointed: October 10, 1989
    • Presented credentials: November 9, 1989
    • Terminated mission: Left post, February 28, 1993
  • Note: The following officers served as Chargé d'Affairs ad interim:
  • Joseph R. Paolino, Jr. – Political appointee
    • Title: Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary
    • Appointed: June 9, 1994
    • Presented credentials: July 6, 1994
    • Terminated mission: Left post, June 2, 1996
  • Note: The following officers served as Chargé d'Affaires ad interim:
  • Kathryn Linda Haycock Proffitt – Political appointee
    • Title: Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary
    • Appointed: November 10, 1997
    • Presented credentials: January 8, 1998
    • Terminated mission: Left post March 1, 2001
  • Anthony H. Gioia – Political appointee
    • Title: Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary
    • Appointed: July 12, 2001
    • Presented credentials: September 6, 2001
    • Terminated mission: Left post December 7, 2004
  • Molly H. Bordonaro – Political appointee
    • Title: Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary
    • Appointed: June 21, 2005
    • Presented credentials: September 7, 2005
    • Terminated mission: Early February, 2009
  • Douglas Kmiec - Political appointee
    • Title: Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary
    • Appointed: September 2, 2009
    • Presented credentials: September 17, 2009
    • Terminated mission: Left post, June 2011
  • Richard M. Mills began serving as Chargé d’Affaires a.i. in June 2011.
  • Gina Abercrombie-Winstanley - Career FSO
    • Title: Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary
    • Appointed: March 29, 2012
    • Presented credentials: May 2, 2012
  • G. Kathleen Hill - Career FSO
    • Title: Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary
    • Appointed: January 13, 2016
    • Presented credentials: unknown

See also[edit]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Laingen was commissioned during a recess of the Senate and recommissioned after confirmation on September 15, 1977. Laingen was the chargé d’affaires at the U.S. Embassy in Tehran at the time of the Iran hostage crisis.

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