Assistant Secretary of State for European and Eurasian Affairs
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."  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?|
|Richard R. Burt||1983-1985||No|
|Raymond G. H. Seitz||1989-1991||Yes|
|Richard Holbrooke||1994-1996||Previously FSO|
|John Christian Kornblum||1996-1997||Yes|
|A. Elizabeth Jones||2001-2005||Yes|
- 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