The President announced his intention to nominate Johnnie Carson, of Illinois, to be Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the United States of America to the Republic of Uganda. He would succeed John Andrew Burroughs, Jr.
Currently Mr. Carson serves as a member of the senior seminar at the Foreign Service Institute in Washington, DC. Prior to this, Mr. Carson served as Deputy Chief of Mission at the American Embassy in Gaborone, Botswana, 1986 - 1990; deputy political counselor at the American Embassy in Lisbon, Portugal, 1982; and as a staff director for the subcommittee on Africa at the United States House of Representatives in Washington, DC, 1979 - 1982; and staff secretariat in the Office of the Secretary at the Department of State, 1978 - 1979. He also served as deputy chief of mission at the American Embassy in Maputo, Mozambique, 1975 - 1978; studied at the School of Oriental and African Studies and the London School of Economics, 1974 - 1975. He served as a political officer at the United States mission to the United Nations, 1973; as a political analyst at the Bureau of Intelligence and Research at the Department of State, 1971 - 1974; and as a consular and political officer at the American Embassy in Lagos, Nigeria, 1969 - 1971. Mr. Carson has also served as a Peace Corps volunteer in Tanzania and East Africa, 1965 - 1968.
Mr. Carson graduated from Drake University (B.A., 1965) and the University of London (M.A., 1975). He was born April 7, 1943, in Chicago, IL. Mr. Carson is married, has three children, and resides in Reston, VA.