List of ambassadors of the United States to Tonga

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Ambassador of the United States to Tonga
U.S. Department of State official seal.svg
Seal of the United States Department of State
Judith Beth Cefkin official photo.jpg
Incumbent
Judith Beth Cefkin

since January 5, 2015
Nominator The President of the United States
Inaugural holder Kenneth Franzheim II
as Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary
Formation October 4, 1972
Website U.S. Embassy - Suva

The United States Ambassador to Tonga is the official representative of the government of the United States to the government of Tonga. The ambassador is concurrently the ambassador to Fiji, Kiribati, Nauru, and Tuvalu, while resident in Suva, Fiji.

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 to remain in office.

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.
  • Kenneth Franzheim II – Political appointee
    • Title: Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary
    • Appointed: October 4, 1972
    • Presented credentials: November 6, 1972
    • Terminated mission: Left post, November 9, 1972
  • Armistead Inge Selden – Political appointee
    • Title: Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary
    • Appointed: March 1, 1974
    • Presented credentials: April 10, 1974
    • Terminated mission: Left post, April 23, 1979
  • John Peter Condon – Career FSO
    • Title: Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary
    • Appointed: September 20, 1979
    • Presented credentials: April 11, 1979
    • Terminated mission: Left post, July 27, 1980
  • William Bodde – Career FSO
    • Title: Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary
    • Appointed: June 30, 1980
    • Presented credentials: September 18, 1980
    • Terminated mission: Left post, August 15, 1981
  • Fred J. Eckert – Political appointee
    • Title: Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary
    • Appointed: February 11, 1982
    • Presented credentials: April 15, 1982
    • Terminated mission: Left post, May 7, 1984
  • Carl Edward Dillery – Career FSO
    • Title: Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary
    • Appointed: September 27, 1984
    • Presented credentials: January 16, 1985
    • Terminated mission: Left post, July 15, 1987
  • Leonard Rochwarger – Political appointee
    • Title: Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary
    • Appointed: September 28, 1987
    • Presented credentials: June 28, 1988
    • Terminated mission: Left post, August 31, 1989
  • Evelyn Irene Hoopes Teegan – Political appointee
    • Title: Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary
    • Appointed: October 10, 1989
    • Presented credentials: January 23, 1990
    • Terminated mission: Left post, March 5, 1993
  • Don Lee Gevirtz – Political appointee
    • Title: Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary
    • Appointed: December 19, 1995
    • Presented credentials: February 13, 1996
    • Terminated mission: Left post, September 28, 1997
  • M. Osman Siddique – Political appointee
    • Title: Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary
    • Appointed: August 9, 1999
    • Presented credentials: September 22, 1999
    • Terminated mission: Left post, June 30, 2001
  • David L. Lyon – Career FSO
    • Title: Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary
    • Appointed: November 15, 2002
    • Presented credentials: January 9, 2003
    • Terminated mission: Left post, July 23, 2005
  • Larry Miles Dinger – Career FSO
    • Title: Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary
    • Appointed: June 27, 2005
    • Presented credentials: September 14, 2005
    • Terminated mission: Left post, July 5, 2008
  • C. Steven McGann – Career FSO
    • Title: Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary
    • Appointed: October 6, 2008
    • Presented credentials: November 24, 2008
    • Terminated mission: Left post, October 13, 2011
  • Frankie A. Reed – Career FSO
    • Title: Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary
    • Appointed: October 13, 2011
    • Presented credentials: Unknown
    • Terminated mission: January 5, 2015
  • Judith Beth Cefkin – Career FSO
    • Title: Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary
    • Appointed: January 5, 2015
    • Presented credentials: Unknown
    • Terminated mission: Incumbent

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