REPORT FOR THE COMMITTEE ON FOREIGN RELATIONS
UNITED STATES SENATE
SUBJECT: Ambassadorial Nomination: Certificate of
Demonstrated Competence -- Foreign Service
Act, Section 304(a)(4)
POST: Republic of Armenia
CANDIDATE: Richard M. Mills, Jr.
Richard M. Mills, Jr., an attorney by training and a career member of the Senior Foreign Service, class of Counselor, most recently served as Deputy Chief of Mission at the U.S. Embassy in Beirut, Lebanon. A talented leader and manager with a strong mix of overseas experience, Mr. Mills has served with distinction at some of the most difficult and important posts in the Foreign Service. Known for raising morale within his assigned Missions and engaging local media and officials to effectively articulate U.S. policy, Mr. Mills will bring essential skills to the task of furthering bilateral relations with the Government of Armenia, an important U.S. partner in Eastern Europe.
Previously, Mr. Mills served as Deputy Chief of Mission and Charge d’Affaires, Embassy Valetta, Malta (2010-2012), Senior Democracy Advisor, Embassy Baghdad, Iraq (2009-2010), Political Officer, Embassy London, England (2006-2009), Economic Officer and Acting Economic Counselor, Embassy Riyadh, Saudi Arabia (2005-2006), Political Officer, Embassy Islamabad, Pakistan (2003-2004), Political Officer, U.S. Mission to the United Nations, New York (2001-2003), Economic/Commercial Officer, Embassy Dublin, Ireland (1999-2001), Line Director, Executive Secretariat, Office of the Secretary, Department of State (1996-1998), Legislative Affairs Officer, Office of Legislative Affairs, Department of State (1995-1996), Political Officer, Consulate Saint Petersburg, Russia (1993-1995), Desk Officer, Bureau of Soviet Union Affairs, Department of State, (1990-1992), and Consular Officer/Staff Aide, Embassy Paris, France (1988-1990). Prior to his Foreign Service career, Mr. Mills was an Associate Attorney at Duncan, Allen and Mitchell in Washington, D.C. (1985-1987) and an Associate Attorney at Wickwire, Gavin and Gibbs in Washington, D.C. (1984-1985).
Mr. Mills earned a B.A. in Foreign Service from Georgetown University, Washington, D.C. in 1981, a J.D. from the University of Texas School of Law, Austin, Texas in 1984 and a M.S. in National Security Policy from the National Defense University, U.S. War College, Washington, D.C. in 2005. He was a Nominee for Deputy Chief of Mission of the Year Award in 2012 and received nine Superior Honor Awards from the Department of State. He speaks French and conversational Russian.