New U.S. Ambassador-Designate to Latvia Arrives Friday, November 1

Riga, November 1, 2019. – The new U.S. Ambassador-designate to Latvia, John L. Carwile, arrived in Riga on November 1.  He will begin his official duties after presenting his credentials to the President of Latvia, Egils Levits, on November 5.

President Donald J. Trump nominated John L. Carwile to be Ambassador to Latvia on May 8, 2019. He was confirmed by the U.S. Senate on September 26, 2019 and sworn in at the Department of State on October 28.

Ambassador-designate Carwile is a career member of the Foreign Service, rank of Minister-Counselor. Prior to his appointment as Ambassador, Mr. Carwile served as the Department of State’s Deputy Director of Career Development and Assignments. He also served previously as the Deputy Chief of Mission at U.S. Embassy Kathmandu from 2013-2016 and the Minister-Counselor for Economic Affairs at U.S. Embassy Rome. Other overseas assignments include Deputy Chief of Mission at U.S. Embassy Bandar Seri Begawan and tours in Baghdad, Ottawa, Belfast, Quito, Kuala Lumpur, and Lima.

“I am honored to have the opportunity to serve as U.S. Ambassador in Latvia and to build on our strong bilateral relationship.  I look forward to working with the Latvian government and to meeting the people of Latvia as I travel throughout this beautiful country.”

Ambassador-designate Carwile has a BA in History from the College of Wooster and an MA from The Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies. He speaks Italian and Spanish. He and his wife Karin Hauschild have two daughters.