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Term of Appointment: 05/24/2012 to present

Ambassador Mike Raynor joined the State Department in 1988. He is a career member of the Senior Foreign Service with the rank of Minister Counselor.

Prior to becoming the U.S. Ambassador to Benin, he was the Executive Director of the Bureau of African Affairs from August 2010, following two years as the Deputy Executive Director. He has spent most of his career in Africa, including as management officer in Harare, Windhoek, Conakry, and Djibouti, and as general services officer in Brazzaville.

He has also served as the State Department’s Zimbabwe desk officer, as special assistant and legislative management officer in the Bureau of Legislative Affairs, and as consular officer in Luxembourg. His State Department awards include the 2008 Leamon R. Hunt Award for Management Excellence and several Superior and Meritorious Honor awards. He has a B.A. in international affairs from Lafayette College and a master’s in international affairs from Columbia University.

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