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William L. Swing
Ambassador to the Democratic Republic of the Congo

William L. Swing was confirmed by the Senate on March 24, 1999 as Ambassador to the Democractic Republic of the Congo. Ambassador Swing, who has served as Ambassador to Congo as a recess appointee since August 1998, is a career member of the Senior Foreign Service.

He joined the Foreign Service in 1963 and has devoted his career primarily to Africa, also serving as Ambassador to South Africa, Nigeria, and Liberia. He was Deputy Chief of Mission in the Central African Republic and spent a sabbatical year at Harvard University focused on African studies. Ambassador Swing's Washington tours included assignments as Desk Officer for Germany, Deputy Director for Central Africa with special responsibility for the former Zaire, and Deputy Assistant Secretary for Personnel.

Ambassador Swing received his degrees from Catawba College and Yale University. He speaks French, German, Afrikaans, and Creole.

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