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U.S. Department of State

Great Seal Eric David Newsom
Assistant Secretary of State
for Political-Military Affairs

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Biography

Assistant Secretary of State in the Bureau of Political-Military Affairs, Eric Newsom has spent nearly 30 years working on foreign affairs and national security in the federal government. The Senate confirmed his nomination on October 25, 1998. Prior to rejoining the Department of State, Mr. Newsom was Staff Director of the Foreign Operations Subcommittee of the Senate Appropriations Committee from January 1989 to March 1994. From 1987 to 1989, he was Legislative Director and Foreign Policy Adviser to Senator Patrick J. Leahy of Vermont. From 1985 to 1987, Mr. Newsom was Minority Staff Director of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, and from 1982 to 1984, he was a professional staff member of that committee.

From February 1981 to August 1982, Mr. Newsom worked with former Secretary of State Cyrus Vance in the preparation of his memoirs. From July 1979 to January 1981, he was a professional staff member for national security affairs of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee.

For nearly 12 years -- from October 1967 to July 1979 -- Mr. Newsom was a Foreign Service Officer, serving as Vice Consul in Montevideo, Uruguay; Special Assistant to the Ambassador in London; on the staff of the Office of the Secretary of State; Special Assistant to the Director for nuclear policy issues in the Politico Military Affairs Bureau; and Deputy Director -- for six months, Acting Director -- of the Office of International Security Policy.

A native of Oklahoma, Mr. Newsom lived most of his life in California prior to joining the Foreign Service. He graduated from Modesto High School in 1961, and received a BA in history and an MA in modern European history from the University of California at Berkeley in 1965 and 1967 respectively. He also did advanced graduate work in history at the University of Connecticut in Storrs.

Mr. Newsom is married to Evea Souza. They have two sons: Joel Andrew and James Eric. The Newsoms reside in Reston, Virginia.

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