WASHINGTON, DC – Today, President Barack Obama announced his intent to nominate Richard M. Mills, Jr., for Ambassador to the Republic of Armenia, replacing outgoing Ambassador John Heffern.

Richard M. Mills, Jr., a career member of the Foreign Service, Class of Counselor, most recently served as the Deputy Chief of Mission at the U.S. Embassy in Beirut, Lebanon from 2012 to 2014. He was Deputy Chief of Mission and Charge d’Affaires at the U.S. Embassy in Valetta, Malta from 2010 to 2012. Mr. Mills served as Senior Democracy Adviser at the U.S. Embassy in Baghdad, Iraq from 2009 to 2010, Political Counselor at the U.S. Embassy in London, England from 2006 to 2009, and Energy Attaché and Acting Economic Counselor at the U.S. Embassy in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia from 2005 to 2006. Mr. Mills served as Deputy Political Counselor at the U.S. Embassy in Islamabad, Pakistan from 2003 to 2004, Political Officer at the U.S. Mission to the United Nations in New York from 2001 to 2003, Economic Counselor at the U.S. Embassy in Dublin, Ireland from 1999 to 2001, and Line Director in the Executive Secretariat at the Department of State from 1996 to 1998. He has also served in the Office of Legislative Affairs at the U.S. Consulate in Saint Petersburg, Russia, at the Bureau of Soviet Union Affairs and at the U.S. Embassy in Paris, France.

Prior to his Foreign Service career, Mr. Mills was an Associate Attorney at Duncan, Allen and Mitchell and also at Wickwire, Gavin and Gibbs. Mr. Mills received a B.A. from Georgetown University, a J.D. from the University of Texas School of Law, and an M.S. from the National Defense University.

Announcing this and other nominations, President Obama said, “I am grateful that these impressive individuals have chosen to dedicate their talents to serving the American people at this important time for our country. I look forward to working with them in the months and years ahead.”

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