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Public Papers - 1990

Nomination of James Daniel Phillips To Be United States Ambassador to the Congo


The President today announced his intention to nominate James Daniel Phillips, of Kansas, a career member of the Senior Foreign Service, Class of Minister-Counselor, to be Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the United States of America to the People's Republic of the Congo. He would succeed Leonard Grant Shurtleff.

Since 1986 Ambassador Phillips has served as the Ambassador to the Republic of Burundi. Prior to this, he served as consul general for the U.S. consulate general in Casablanca, Morocco, 1984 - 1986; Office Director for the Bureau of International Organizations, 1981 - 1984; student at the National War College, 1980 - 1981; Permanent Charge d'Affaires for the U.S. Embassy in Banjul, Gambia, 1978 - 1980; Deputy Chief of Mission for the U.S. Embassy in Luxembourg, 1975 - 1978; first secretary at the U.S. Embassy in Paris, France, 1971 - 1975; economic officer in the Office of European Community Affairs, 1968 - 1971; and second secretary at the U.S. Embassy in Kinshasa, Zaire, 1967 - 1968. In addition, Mr. Phillips served as vice consul and consul for the U.S. consulate in Lubumbashi, Zaire, 1965 - 1967; third secretary for the U.S. Embassy in Paris, 1963 - 1965; and a foreign service generalist, 1961 - 1963. Mr. Phillips entered the Foreign Service in 1961.

Mr. Phillips graduated from Wichita State University (B.A., 1952; M.A., 1958). He attended the University of Vienna, 1956 - 1957, and Cornell University, 1958 - 1961. He was born February 23, 1933, in Peoria, IL. Mr. Phillips is married, has five children, and resides in Washington, DC.

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