WASHINGTON—President Barack Obama announced his intent to nominate Richard M. Mills, Jr. as Ambassador to Armenia, on July 10.
Mills will replace current Ambassador John Heffern if his nomination is confirmed.
“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,” President Obama was quoted as saying in regards to his nominees, Mills among them.
Mills is a career member of the Foreign Service. He recently served as the Deputy Chief of Mission at the U.S. Embassy in Beirut, Lebanon (2012-2014). Previous to that post, he served as Deputy Chief of Mission and Charge d’Affaires at the U.S. Embassy in Valetta, Malta (2010-2012).
In the past, Mills served as Senior Democracy Advisor at the U.S. Embassy in Baghdad, Iraq (2009-2010), Political Counselor at the U.S. Embassy in London (2006-2009), and Energy Attaché and Acting Economic Counselor at the U.S. Embassy in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia (2005-2006). He served as Deputy Political Counselor at the U.S. Embassy in Islamabad, Pakistan (2003-2004), Political Officer at the U.S. Mission to the United Nations in New York (2001-2003), Economic Counselor at the U.S. Embassy in Dublin, Ireland (1999-2001), and Line Director in the Executive Secretariat at the Department of State (1996-1998).
Mills 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— eventually becoming desk officer for the newly independent Armenia and Azerbaijan—and at the U.S. Embassy in Paris.
Prior to his Foreign Service career, Mills practiced law in Washington D.C.—as an Associate Attorney at Duncan, Allen and Mitchell and also at Wickwire, Gavin and Gibbs. Mills received a B.A. from Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service, a J.D. from the University of Texas School of Law, and an M.S. in International Security Affairs from the National Defense University in 2005. He is married to Leigh Carter, a retired Foreign Service Officer.