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United States Ambassadors appointed by Joe Biden

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This will be a list of United States ambassadors appointed by the 46th president of the United States, Joe Biden, starting after he assumes office on January 20, 2021. It is common that, after the end of a presidential administration, politically-appointed ambassadors (ones that are not career diplomats or former member of the United States Foreign Service), resign.[1] Biden stated in August 2020 that he would return "U.S. diplomacy back in the hands of genuine professionals," but did not commit to only appointing career diplomats in favor of campaign donors and fundraisers.[2]

Though traditionally nonpartisan, Biden received the endorsement of several career diplomats and national security experts prior to becoming president-elect.[3] After Biden was elected, several world leaders indicated that they looked forward to repairing relations with the United States at the start of the new administration.[4][5][6] Various Biden allies have been mentioned for possible diplomatic appointments, including former candidate Pete Buttigieg and former U.S. Senator Chris Dodd.[7][8]


  1. "Diplomats: It's Common for Politically Appointed Ambassadors to Resign | Voice of America - English". www.voanews.com. Retrieved 2020-11-08.
  2. "Biden won't rule out naming donors as envoys, despite criticism". POLITICO. Retrieved 2020-11-08.
  3. Hamann, Jasper (2020-10-14). "Middle East Experts, Former US Ambassadors Endorse Joe Biden". Morocco World News. Retrieved 2020-11-09.
  4. Landler, Mark (2020-11-08). "Biden Victory Brings Sighs of Relief Overseas". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved 2020-11-09.
  5. CNN, Zamira Rahim and Martin Goillandeau. "World leaders congratulate Joe Biden on his victory". CNN. Retrieved 2020-11-09.
  6. Schemm, Paul; Taylor, Adam. "'Good news': America's allies celebrate Biden win, hope for more cooperative relations". Washington Post. ISSN 0190-8286. Retrieved 2020-11-09.
  7. Correspondent, Suzanne Lynch Washington. "Former US senator Chris Dodd tipped to be next ambassador to Ireland". The Irish Times. Retrieved 2020-11-09.
  8. Sheth, Sonam. "Here's who Joe Biden is reportedly considering for top positions in his administration as he touts a 'Return to Normal' plan". Business Insider. Retrieved 2020-11-09.

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