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William Stuart Symington IV (born June 14, 1952) is an American diplomat who is currently serving as the United States Ambassador to Nigeria and was the former U.S. Special Representative for the Central African Republic. He is the grandson of former U.S. Senator from Missouri W. Stuart Symington III
Symington was the State Department’s Representative at the Joint Forces Staff College in Norfolk, Virginia from 2005 to 2006, Political Officer at the U.S. Embassy in Baghdad, Iraq from 2004 to 2005, and Deputy Director of the Department’s Office of West African Affairs from 2003 to 2005.
He served as Deputy Chief of Mission at the U.S. Embassy in Niamey, Niger from 2001 to 2003, Political Officer at the U.S. Embassy in Quito, Ecuador from 1997 to 2001, and a Pearson Fellow in the Office of U.S. Congressman Ike Skelton from 1996 to 1997.
Symington received a B.A. from Brown University and a J.D. from Columbia Law School.
He served as the U.S. Ambassador to Djibouti from 2006 to 2008. He also served as the U.S. Ambassador to Rwanda from 2008 to 2011.
Lastly Symington was nominated by President Barack Obama as the United States Ambassador to Nigeria on June 29, 2016. He was confirmed by voice vote on September 29, 2016. He was sworn in on October 31, 2016.