United States Ambassador-at-Large for International Religious Freedom

Ambassador-at-Large of the United States for International Religious Freedom

Seal of the United States Department of State
Rabbi David Saperstein

since January 6, 2015[1]
Nominator Barack Obama
Inaugural holder Bob Seiple
as Ambassador
Formation 1999
Website U.S. Office - IRF

The Ambassador-at-Large for International Religious Freedom is the ambassador-at-large who heads the Office of International Religious Freedom in the United States Department of State.

The position was created by the International Religious Freedom Act of 1998. The first ambassador-at-large was Bob Seiple[2] who served from 1999 to 2001. He was succeeded by John Hanford[3] who served from May 2002 until January 2009. Suzan Johnson Cook served in the role from May 2011 to October 2013.[4]

On July 28, 2014, President Barack Obama nominated Rabbi David Saperstein for the position. On December 15, 2014 the Senate confirmed him to the office, making him the first non-Christian to hold this post.[5][6][7]



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