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Assistant Secretary of State
for Legislative Affairs


Creation of this Position

Title: Assistant Secretary of State for Congressional Relations and International Conferences
Name: Dean G. Acheson
State of Residency: Maryland
Non-career appointee
Appointment: [see note below]
Termination of Appointment: Aug 15, 1945
Note: Acheson was designated Continued to serve under commission dated Jan 31, 1941 (see Assistant Secretaries of State, 1924-1944); designation as Assistant Secretary for Congressional Relations and International Conferences was effective Dec 20, 1944.

Title: Assistant Secretary of State for Congressional Relations
Name: Ernest A. Gross
State of Residency: New York
Non-career appointee
Appointment: Mar 2, 1949
Entry on Duty: Mar 4, 1949
Termination of Appointment: Oct 13, 1949

Title: Assistant Secretary of State for Congressional Relations
Name: Jack K. McFall
State of Residency: District of Columbia
Foreign Service officer
Appointment: Oct 14, 1949
Entry on Duty: Oct 15, 1949
Termination of Appointment: Sep 9, 1952

Title: Assistant Secretary of State for Congressional Relations
Name: Thruston B. Morton
State of Residency: Kentucky
Non-career appointee
Appointment: Jan 29, 1953
Entry on Duty: Jan 30, 1953
Termination of Appointment: Feb 29, 1956

Title: Assistant Secretary of State for Congressional Relations
Name: Robert C. Hill
State of Residency: New Hampshire
Non-career appointee
Appointment: Mar 7, 1956
Entry on Duty: Mar 9, 1956
Termination of Appointment: Jun 26, 1957

Title: Assistant Secretary of State for Congressional Relations
Name: William B. Macomber, Jr.
State of Residency: New York
Non-career appointee
Appointment: Aug 15, 1957
Entry on Duty: Oct 21, 1957
Termination of Appointment: Feb 27, 1961

Title: Assistant Secretary of State for Congressional Relations
Name: Brooks Hays
State of Residency: Arkansas
Non-career appointee
Appointment: Feb 20, 1961
Entry on Duty: Feb 28, 1961
Termination of Appointment: Dec 3, 1961

Title: Assistant Secretary of State for Congressional Relations
Name: Frederick G. Dutton
State of Residency: California
Non-career appointee
Appointment: Nov 29, 1961
Entry on Duty: Dec 4, 1961
Termination of Appointment: Jul 27, 1964
Note: Commissioned during a recess of the Senate. Recommissioned after confirmation on Jan 30, 1962.

Title: Assistant Secretary of State for Congressional Relations
Name: Douglas MacArthur, II
State of Residency: District of Columbia
Foreign Service officer
Appointment: Mar 11, 1965
Entry on Duty: Mar 14, 1965
Termination of Appointment: Mar 6, 1967

Title: Assistant Secretary of State for Congressional Relations
Name: William B. Macomber, Jr.
State of Residency: New York
Non-career appointee
Appointment: Mar 2, 1967
Entry on Duty: Mar 7, 1967
Termination of Appointment: Oct 2, 1969

Title: Assistant Secretary of State for Congressional Relations
Name: David M. Abshire
State of Residency: Virginia
Non-career appointee
Appointment: Apr 8, 1970
Entry on Duty: Apr 20, 1970
Termination of Appointment: Jan 8, 1973

Title: Assistant Secretary of State for Congressional Relations
Name: Marshall Wright
State of Residency: Arkansas
Foreign Service officer
Appointment: May 24, 1973
Entry on Duty: May 29, 1973
Termination of Appointment: Feb 2, 1974

Title: Assistant Secretary of State for Congressional Relations
Name: A. Linwood Holton
State of Residency: Virginia
Non-career appointee
Appointment: Feb 27, 1974
Entry on Duty: Feb 28, 1974
Termination of Appointment: Jan 31, 1975

Title: Assistant Secretary of State for Congressional Relations
Name: Robert J. McCloskey
State of Residency: Maryland
Foreign Service officer
Appointment: Feb 20, 1975
Entry on Duty: Feb 21, 1975
Termination of Appointment: Sep 10, 1976
Note: Continued also to serve as Ambassador at Large

Title: Assistant Secretary of State for Congressional Relations
Name: Douglas J. Bennet, Jr.
State of Residency: New Jersey
Non-career appointee
Appointment: Mar 16, 1977
Entry on Duty: Mar 18, 1977
Termination of Appointment: Aug 2, 1979

Title: Assistant Secretary of State for Congressional Relations
Name: J. Brian Atwood
State of Residency: Maryland
Non-career appointee
Appointment: Aug 2, 1979
Entry on Duty: Aug 3, 1979
Termination of Appointment: Jan 14, 1981

Title: Assistant Secretary of State for Congressional Relations
Name: Richard Fairbanks
State of Residency: District of Columbia
Non-career appointee
Appointment: Feb 27, 1981
Entry on Duty: Mar 6, 1981
Termination of Appointment: Jan 26, 1982

Title: Assistant Secretary of State for Congressional Relations
Name: Powell Allen Moore
State of Residency: Georgia
Non-career appointee
Appointment: Feb 7, 1982
Entry on Duty: Feb 8, 1982
Termination of Appointment: Aug 5, 1983
Note: From Apr 11, 1983, designated Assistant Secretary of State for Legislative and Intergovernmental Affairs.

Title: Assistant Secretary of State for Legislative and Intergovernmental Affairs
Name: W. Tapley Bennett, Jr.
State of Residency: Georgia
Foreign Service officer
Appointment: Nov 14, 1983
Entry on Duty: Nov 17, 1983
Termination of Appointment: Jan 4, 1985

Title: Assistant Secretary of State for Legislative and Intergovernmental Affairs
Name: William Lockhart Ball, III
State of Residency: Georgia
Non-career appointee
Appointment: Mar 29, 1985
Entry on Duty: Apr 2, 1985
Termination of Appointment: Feb 28, 1986

Title: Assistant Secretary of State for Legislative and Intergovernmental Affairs
Name: J. Edward Fox
State of Residency: District of Columbia
Non-career appointee
Appointment: Jun 16, 1986
Entry on Duty: Jun 18, 1986
Termination of Appointment: Feb 21, 1989
Note: From Oct 2, 1987, designated Assistant Secretary of State for Legislative Affairs

Title: Assistant Secretary of State for Legislative Affairs
Name: Janet Gardner Mullins
State of Residency: Kentucky
Non-career appointee
Appointment: Mar 2, 1989
Entry on Duty: Mar 2, 1989
Termination of Appointment: Aug 23, 1992

Title: Assistant Secretary of State for Legislative Affairs
Name: Wendy R. Sherman
State of Residency: Maryland
Non-career appointee
Appointment: May 12, 1993
Entry on Duty: May 12, 1993
Termination of Appointment: Mar 29, 1996

Title: Assistant Secretary of State for Legislative Affairs
Name: Barbara Mills Larkin
State of Residency: North Carolina
Non-career appointee
Appointment: Jul 2, 1996
Entry on Duty: Jul 19, 1996
Termination of Appointment:


Creation of Position: The Department of State created the position of Assistant Secretary of State for Congressional Relations and International Conferences during a general reorganization in Dec 1944, after Congress authorized an increase in the number of Assistant Secretaries in the Department from four to six (Dec 8, 1944; P.L. 78-472; 58 Stat 789). The reorganization was the first to assign substantive designations to specific Assistant Secretary positions. The title of the Assistant Secretary responsible for Congressional relations has varied over the years.

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