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Public Papers - 1991

Nomination of James F. Dobbins To Be United States Representative to the European Community With the Rank of Ambassador


The President today announced his intention to nominate James F. Dobbins, of New York, a career member of the Senior Foreign Service, Class of Minister-Counselor, as Representative of the United States of America to the European Communities, with the rank and status of Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary. He would succeed Thomas Michael Tolliver Niles.

Currently Mr. Dobbins serves as Acting Assistant Secretary of State for European and Canadian Affairs at the Department of State in Washington, DC. Prior to this he served as Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for European and Canadian Affairs, 1989 - 1991; Minister and Deputy Chief of Mission in the U.S. Embassy in Bonn, Germany, 1985 - 1989; Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for European Affairs, 1982 - 1985; and Director of the Office of Theater Military Policy in the Politico-Military Bureau at the Department of State, 1981 - 1982. Mr. Dobbins served in various capacities at the State Department and in the Foreign Service, 1967 - 1981.

Mr. Dobbins graduated from the Georgetown University School of Foreign Service (BSFS, 1963). He was born May 31, 1942, in New York, NY. Mr. Dobbins served in the U.S. Navy, 1963 - 1967. He is married, has two children, and resides in Washington, DC.

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