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Office of the Press Secretary

For Immediate Release March 22, 1996


The President today announced his intention to nominate James Francis Creagan of Virginia, a Career Member of the Senior Foreign Service, Class of Minister-Counselor, as Ambassador to the Republic of Honduras.

Mr. Creagan is Deputy Chief of Mission at the American Embassy in Italy. He has been a career diplomat with the U.S. Department of State for thirty years. Mr. Creagan's diplomatic career has taken him on assignment to Brazil as Consul General in Sao Paulo and political counselor at the U.S. Embassy in Brasilia. He was political counselor at the American Embassy, Lisbon and has served as political and labor officer in U.S. Embassies in Lima, Mexico, San Salvador and Rome. He was the Deputy Chief of Mission at the American Embassy to the Holy See and was Consul in Naples, Italy.

Mr. Creagan was born in Elyria, Ohio in 1940, and grew up on the shores of Lake Erie in nearby Lorain. He is a 1962 graduate of Notre Dame University. He holds a Ph.D. from the University of Virginia and has taught political science at several universities including Texas A&M. Mr. Creagan speaks Spanish, Portuguese, and Italian. He is married to Gwyn Jonsson Creagan of Texas. They are residents of Vienna, Virginia. They have two sons and a daughter-in-law.