Ambassador Richard M. Mills, Jr., a career member of the U.S. Foreign Service, most recently served as the Deputy Chief of Mission at the U.S. Embassy in Beirut, Lebanon from 2012 to 2014.
He was Deputy Chief of Mission and Charge d’Affaires at the U.S. Embassy in Valetta, Malta from 2010 to 2012. Ambassador Mills served as the Senior Democracy Advisor at the U.S. Embassy in Baghdad, Iraq from 2009 to 2010, Political Counselor at the U.S. Embassy in London, England from 2006 to 2009, and Energy Attaché and Acting Economic Counselor at the U.S. Embassy in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia from 2005 to 2006.
Ambassador Mills previously served as Deputy Political Counselor at the U.S. Embassy in Islamabad, Pakistan from 2003 to 2004, Political Officer at the U.S. Mission to the United Nations in New York from 2001 to 2003, Economic Counselor at the U.S. Embassy in Dublin, Ireland from 1999 to 2001, and Line Director in the Executive Secretariat at the Department of State from 1996 to 1998.
He has also served in the Office of Legislative Affairs, at the U.S. Consulate in Saint Petersburg, Russia, and in the Bureau of Soviet Union Affairs. His first tour was at the U.S. Embassy in Paris, France, where he served as a consular officer and as staff assistant to Ambassador Walter Curley.
He was a Nominee for the Deputy Chief of Mission of the Year Award in 2012 and has received nine Superior Honor Awards from the Department of State. He speaks French and conversational Russian.
Prior to his Foreign Service career, Ambassador Mills was an Associate Attorney in the Washington, D.C. office of Duncan, Allen and Mitchell, as well at the Washington, D.C. office of Wickwire, Gavin and Gibbs. Ambassador Mills, who was born in Louisiana and grew up in Michigan, received a B.A. from Georgetown University, a J.D. from the University of Texas School of Law, and an M.S. in National Security Strategy from the National Defense University. He is married to Leigh Carter, a retired U.S. Foreign Service Officer.