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Office of the Press Secretary

For Immediate Release March 22, 1996


The President today announced his intention to nominate Dennis C. Jett of New Mexico, a Career Member of the Senior Foreign Service, Class of Minister-Counselor, as Ambassador to the Republic of Peru.

Ambassador Jett joined the Foreign Service in 1972 and was initially assigned to Buenos Aires as a political officer. Returning to the United States in 1975, he served as a watch officer in the Operations Center of the State Department, then as a staff assistant to the Assistant Secretary for Economic and Energy Affairs. He subsequently served as an economist for the Office of Fuels and Energy. His Washington assignments include desk officer for Argentina, executive assistant to the Under Secretary for Political Affairs and Director for African Affairs at the National Security Council. He was appointed Ambassador to the Republic of Mozambique in 1993. Other assignments include postings in Tel Aviv, Malawi, and Liberia.

Ambassador Jett was born on June 26, 1945 in Waltham, Massachusetts, and grew up in New Mexico. He received both his B.A. and his M.A. in economics from the University of New Mexico. He has served as an officer in the Naval Reserve. Ambassador Jett is fluent in Portuguese and Spanish. He is married to Lynda Schuster and they have two children.