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William Joseph Burns

William Joseph Burns
Personal data
Date of birthApril 4, 1956(age 60)
Place of birthFort Bragg, NC
SpouseLisa Carty
17th Deputy Secretary of State
Assumed officeJuly 28, 2011
PresidentBarack Obama
Preceded byJames Steinberg
20th Under Secretary of State for Political Affairs
In officeMay 13, 2008 - July 28, 2011
Succeeded byTBA
Preceded byR. Nicholas Burns
Acting United States Secretary of State
In officeJanuary 20, 2009 - January 21, 2009
Succeeded byHillary Rodham Clinton
Preceded byCondoleezza Rice

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William J. Burns (born April 4, 1956), an American diplomat, is the current Deputy Secretary of State and the highest ranked Foreign Service Officer in the United States. Burns was United States Ambassador to Russia from 2005 to 2008.

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