United States Ambassador to the Bahamas
|Ambassador of the United States to the Bahamas|
Seal of the United States Department of State
|Nominator||The President of the United States|
|Inaugural holder||Moncrieff J. Spear
as Chargé d'Affaires ad interim
|Formation||July 10, 1973|
|Website||U.S. Embassy - Nassau|
The Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the United States of America to the Bahamas, usually simply called U.S. Ambassador to the Bahamas, is an official position and title appointed by the President of the United States and confirmed by the U.S. Senate by majority vote. The ambassador oversees diplomatic relations and foreign policy between the United States and The Bahamas.
Traditionally, the position is considered a "plum post"—a sought-after post that is usually appointed to political friends of the president. The ambassador lives in Nassau, the capital of the Bahamas. However, due to political disputes between Republican senators and President Barack Obama, the United States Senate has refused to confirm an ambassador for many years, and the post has accordingly been vacant and held by interim appointees since November 2011. Cassandra Butts, nominated for the post in 2013, died of leukaemia in 2016 having spent more than two years awaiting a vote on her appointment.
List of U.S. Ambassadors to the Bahamas
The following is a list of United States Ambassadors, or other Chiefs of Mission, to The Bahamas. The title given by the United States State Department to this position is currently Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary.
|Moncrieff J. Spear||Chargé d'Affaires ad interim||July 10, 1973||September 7, 1973||Richard Nixon|
|Ronald I. Spiers||Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary||September 7, 1973||September 2, 1974|
|Seymour Weiss||Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary||September 11, 1974||December 15, 1976||Gerald Ford|
|Jack B. Olson||Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary||December 22, 1976||April 30, 1977|
|William Bernstein Schwartz||Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary||October 11, 1977||January 31, 1981||Jimmy Carter|
|Lev E. Dobriansky||Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary||March 15, 1983||August 30, 1986||Ronald Reagan|
|Carol Boyd Hallett||Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary||November 17, 1986||May 10, 1989|
|Mayer Jacob Hecht||Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary||August 23, 1989||March 1, 1993||George H. W. Bush|
|Lino Gutierrez||Chargé d'Affairs ad interim||March 1993||July 1993||Bill Clinton|
|John S. Ford||Chargé d'Affairs ad interim||July 1993||March 1994|
|Sidney Williams||Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary||March 27, 1994||January 11, 1998|
|Arthur Louis Schechter||Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary||October 29, 1998||March 1, 2001|
|J. Richard Blankenship||Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary||December 3, 2001||July 18, 2003||George W. Bush|
|Robert M. Witajewski||Chargé d'Affairs ad interim||July 2003||September 2004|
|John D. Rood||Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary||September 1, 2004||April, 2007|
|D. Brent Hardt||Chargè d'Affaires ad interim||April, 2007||October 25, 2007|
|Ned Siegel||Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary||October 26, 2007||January 2009|
|Timothy Zúñiga-Brown||Chargè d'Affaires ad interim||January 2009||September 9, 2009||Barack Obama|
|Nicole Avant||Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary||October 16, 2009||November 21, 2011|
|John W. Dinkelman||Chargè d'Affaires||November 2011||July 2014|
|Lisa A. Johnson||Chargè d'Affaires||July 9, 2014||Present|
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- United States Department of State: Background notes on the Bahamas
- This article incorporates public domain material from the United States Department of State website http://www.state.gov/r/pa/ei/bgn/index.htm (Background Notes).