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Timothy (Tim) Roemer is the 21st U.S. Ambassador to India, coming from roles as distinguished scholar at the Mercatus Center at George Mason University, Immediate Past President of the Center for National Policy (CNP), and was a member of the 9-11 Commission. He was sworn in on 23 July 2009 and presented his credentials to President of India Pratibha Patil on 11 August 2009.

After leaving Congress, he was a partner at Johnston and Associates. According to Foreign Policy, this was his second choice for a role in the Barack Obama Administration; he had wanted to be Director of the Central Intelligence Agency.[1]

Politico magazine reports "he inherited one of the few U.S. international relationships that had dramatically improved during the Bush administration." Bush had reversed sanctions and hostility from the Clinton Administration, left the Kashmir dispute as a matter between India and Pakistan, and "Most of all, under Bush, India felt that it had managed to at long last escape from being lumped with Pakistan and Afghanistan as problem children of the region. "[2]


From 1991-2003, Roemer represented the Third District of Indiana in the U.S. House of Representatives, where he served on the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence, the U.S. House Committee on Education and the Workforce and the U.S. House Committee on Science.

Before running for Congress, he served on the staffs of John Brademas of Indiana (1978-1979) and Senator Dennis DeConcini of Arizona (1985-1989).


He holds a B.A. from the University of California at San Diego and an M.A. and Ph.D. from Notre Dame University.