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George W. Haley
Ambassador to the Republic of The Gambia

George W. Haley presented his credentials as Ambassador to the Republic of The Gambia on October 15, 1998. Prior to this appointment, Ambassador Haley served as Vice Chairman of the Postal Rate Commission. Ambassador Haley, an attorney, also was President of George W. Haley, P.C., in Washington, a law firm which specialized in transportation, corporate, and international law.

Ambassador Haley began his practice of law in Kansas City, Kansas in 1952. While in private practice, he served as Deputy City Attorney (1954-1964) and later as State Senator (1964-1968). After coming to Washington, he served as chief counsel of the Federal Transit Administration (1969-1973), Associate Director for the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission at the United States Information Agency (USIA) (1973-1974), and as its General Counsel and Congressional Liaison (1975-1976). Ambassador Haley became a partner in the firm of Obermayer, Rebmann, Maxwell & Hippel of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and Washington, D.C. in September 1976 and remained there until he established his own firm in 1981.

From 1978 until 1984, Ambassador Haley served as a Legal Advisor to the Economic Community of West African States. In 1983, he was appointed by President Reagan to serve as a senior advisor to the United States delegation at the 22nd General Conference of the United Nations Education, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) in Paris. In 1984, Ambassador Haley was appointed a United States delegate to the Second International Conference on Assistance to Refugees in Africa in Geneva, Switzerland, and to serve on the 15-member Monitoring Panel on the question of U.S. withdrawal from UNESCO. In 1987, he served as a delegate to the Centennial Celebration of Dakar, Senegal in West Africa, and also as a member of the Presidential Delegation to the 4th African-American Summit held in Harare, Zimbabwe.

Ambassador Haley is a graduate of Morehouse College in Atlanta, Georgia. In 1952, he received his law degree from the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville. He is a member of the bar associations of Arkansas, the District of Columbia, Kansas, and the U.S. Supreme Court. Ambassador Haley is a member of many professional, civic, community, and cultural groups, including the NAACP of which he is a life member.

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