The President today announced his intention to nominate Thomas R. Pickering, of New Jersey, to be Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the United States of America to India. He would succeed William Clark, Jr.
Currently Ambassador Pickering serves as the U.S. Representative to the United Nations and the Representative of the United States of America to the Security Council of the United Nations. Prior to this, Ambassador Pickering served as U.S. Ambassador to several countries, including Israel, 1985 - 1988; El Salvador, 1983 - 1985; the Federal Republic of Nigeria, 1981 - 1983; and the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan, 1974 - 1978. In addition, he served at the U.S. Department of State as Assistant Secretary of State for Oceans and International Environmental and Scientific Affairs, 1978 - 1981; Special Assistant to the Secretary of State and Executive Secretary, 1973 - 1974; and Deputy Director of the Bureau of Political-Military Affairs, 1969 - 1973.
Ambassador Pickering graduated from Bowdoin College (A.B., 1953); Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy (M.A., 1954); and the University of Melbourne (Australia) (M.A., 1956). He was born November 5, 1931, in Orange, NJ. Ambassador Pickering served in the U.S. Navy, 1956 - 1959. He is married, has two children, and resides in New York, NY.