Assistant Secretary of State for European and Eurasian Affairs

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Philip Gordon is the current Assistant Secretary of State for European and Eurasian Affairs, heading the Bureau of European and Eurasian Affairs of the United States Department of State. He recently testified to the House of Representatives about the critical nature of U.S. relations with Europe, the three highest priorities being "European engagement on global challenges; a Europe that is whole, free, and at peace; and a renewed relationship with Russia." [1] The Assistant Secretary reports to the Undersecretary of State for Political Affairs.

Previous assistant secretaries

The position title has changed several times, in the list below, going back to 1965. Before the present title, it has been "Assistant Secretary of State for European and Canadian Affairs" and "Assistant Secretary of State for European Affairs". Canadian affairs are now part of the Bureau of Western Hemisphere Affairs.

Name Dates Foreign Service Officer?
John Leddy 1965-1969 No
Martin Hillenbrand 1969-1972 Yes
Walter Stoessel 1972-1974 Yes
Lawrence Eagleburger 1981-1982 Yes
Arthur Hartman 1974-1977 Yes
George Vest 1977-1981 Yes
Richard R. Burt 1983-1985 No
Rozanne Ridgway 1985-1989 Yes
Raymond G. H. Seitz 1989-1991 Yes
Thomas Niles 1991-1993 Yes
Stephen Oxman 1993-1994 No
Richard Holbrooke 1994-1996 Previously FSO
John Christian Kornblum 1996-1997 Yes
Marc Grossman 1997-2000 Yes
A. Elizabeth Jones 2001-2005 Yes


  1. Philip Gordon (16 June 2009), Strengthening the Transatlantic Alliance: An Overview of the Obama Administration's Policies in Europe, Subcommittee on Europe of the House Foreign Affairs Committee