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Office of the Press Secretary

For Immediate Release June 8, 1999
                     AS U.S. AMBASSADOR TO BOTSWANA

The President announced today his intention to nominate John E. Lange to be U.S. Ambassador to the Republic of Botswana.

Mr. John Lange, of Milwaukee, Wisconsin, is a Career Member of the Senior Foreign Service, Class of Counselor. He has been the Deputy Chief of Mission at the American Embassy in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, since December l997. He was Charge d'Affaires, a.i., from early January to early September l998 and led the Mission following the tragic terrorist bombing of the Embassy on August 7. Mr. Lange earlier served as Deputy of the Office of East African Affairs in the Department of State and as Counselor for Refugee and Migration Affairs at the U.S. Mission to International Organizations in Geneva. He also has been stationed in West Africa (Lome, Togo) and at U.S. Embassies in Paris and Mexico City. Prior to joining the diplomatic service in l98l, he spent five years at the United Nations Association of the USA in New York.

Mr. Lange received a J.D. degree (cum laude) from the University of Wisconsin Law School in l975. In l996, he was a distinguished graduate of the National War College and received a Master of Science degree in National Security Strategy. He speaks French and Spanish.