Richard LeBaron began his assignment as Minister at the United States Embassy on August 16, 2007.
Previous to his assignment to London, Mr. LeBaron served as the U.S. Ambassador to Kuwait. From September 2001 to July 2004, Mr. LeBaron served as Deputy Chief of Mission at the Embassy of the United States in Tel Aviv, Israel. Mr. LeBaron was Minister-Counselor for Political and Economic Affairs at the Embassy of the United States in Cairo, Egypt from 1998 to 2001.
While posted in Washington from 1991 to 1998, Mr. LeBaron served in three positions related to the Middle East: Director for Near East and South Asian Affairs at the National Security Council, Director of the Peace Process and Regional Affairs Office in the Bureau of Near Eastern Affairs at the Department of State, and Public Affairs Adviser for the Near Eastern Bureau. From 1991 to 1993, Mr. LeBaron was Political Officer in the State Department’s Office of European Community Affairs.
Mr. LeBaron’s previous overseas diplomatic postings have included: Lisbon (1989-91), Tunis (1986-89), New Delhi (1982-84) and Managua (1980-82). Before he entered the Foreign Service, Mr. LeBaron held a two-year consultancy in Brazil.
Mr. LeBaron received a Master’s Degree from the George Washington University and a Bachelor’s Degree from the University of Colorado. He and his spouse Jean Foshee LeBaron are Virginia residents.