Richard Verma

Richard Rahul Verma

Richard Rahul Verma is an American diplomat and the United States Ambassador to India. Verma was previously nominated by President Barack Obama in 2009 to serve as the Assistant Secretary of State for Legislative Affairs at the U.S. Department of State, a position he held until March 2011. Verma began his career as a lawyer with extensive experience in national security and nonproliferation issues.

Verma began his career in the U.S. Air Force as an Air Force judge advocate. Verma subsequently worked as a lawyer at Steptoe & Johnson until he became a senior adviser to Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid from 2002 to 2007. In 2007, he was named by the organization "India Abroad" as one of the 50 most influential Indian-Americans. In 2008, he was a member of the Commission on the Prevention of WMD proliferation and terrorism, and co-authored World at Risk.

He joined the State Department in 2007 as Assistant Secretary of State for Legislative Affairs. After leaving the State Department in 2011, he joined the Washington, D.C. office of Steptoe & Johnson as a senior counselor. He also served as a member of the Secretary of State's Foreign Affairs Policy Board.

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