Robert Stephen Beecroft was confirmed by the Senate as Ambassador to Iraq on September 22, 2012. A career member of the Senior Foreign Service, he first arrived at Embassy Baghdad as Deputy Chief of Mission on July 14, 2011. Prior to his service in Iraq, Mr. Beecroft served as Ambassador to the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan.
Mr. Beecroft's previous assignments include service in Washington as Executive Assistant to two Secretaries of State and Special Assistant to a Deputy Secretary of State. He has also held assignments in Department of State's Executive Secretariat and Bureau of Near Eastern Affairs. Overseas he has served at the U.S. embassies in Amman, Riyadh, and Damascus. He is a recipient of the Department of State's Meritorious, Superior, and Distinguished Honor Awards.
Before joining the Foreign Service, Mr. Beecroft practiced law in the San Francisco office of an international law firm. He holds a B.A. from Brigham Young University and a J.D. from the University of California, Berkeley.