Timothy J. Roemer bio

1. Name: Timothy J. Roemer
2. Title: U.S. Ambassador to India, and Member of the 9/11 Commission
3. Biography:

Ambassador Timothy J. Roemer was a Member of the U.S. House of Representatives and after Sep. 11, 2001, he was one of the original sponsors of the legislation to create the Department of Homeland Security. He served as a Member of the 9/11 Commission as well as the Commission on the Prevention of Weapons of Mass Destruction, Proliferation and Terrorism. In addition, he served on the Washington Institute’s Presidential Task Force on Combating the Ideology of Radical Extremism.

As one of the youngest ambassadors appointed to India, Ambassador Roemer leads one of America’s largest diplomatic missions, broadening and deepening the strategic U.S.-India partnership and expanding public diplomacy throughout India. Nominated by U.S. President Barack Obama as the 21st U.S. Ambassador to the Republic of India on May 27, 2009, Ambassador Roemer was confirmed by the U.S. Senate on July 10, 2009, and sworn in on July 23, 2009. He presented his credentials to Indian President Pratibha Patil on Aug. 11, 2009.

During his six terms in the U.S. House of Representatives from 1991 to 2003 representing the 3rd District of Indiana, Ambassador Roemer was the driving force behind a number of ground-breaking educational initiatives, encouraging innovations which help ensure quality education for all American students. He was involved in service and opportunity creation, sponsoring legislation establishing the AmeriCorps national service program and expanding the Head Start program. He supported education for the disabled, promoted teacher certification for professionals from outside fields, and provided workforce training for non-college-bound high school students.

As a Distinguished Scholar at the Mercatus Center at George Mason University, Ambassador Roemer worked with Members of Congress and Staff to improve public policy outcomes.

Prior to his nomination as Ambassador to India, Ambassador Roemer was President of the Center for National Policy (CNP) in Washington, D.C., a moderate think-tank dedicated to finding bipartisan solutions to America’s most important national security challenges.

4. Involvement/ Affiliations:
  • U.S. Ambassador to India, 2009-present
  • Member, National Commission on Terrorist Attacks Upon the United States (9/11 Commission), 2002-2004
  • Former President of the Center for National Policy (CNP)
  • Former Distinguished Scholar, Mercatus Center at George Mason University
  • Former Partner, Johnston and Associates
  • Congressman, U.S. House of Representatives (3rd District of Indiana), 1991-2003
  • Staff Member, Senator Dennis DeConcini of Arizona, 1985-1989
  • Staff Member, Congressman John Brademas of Indiana, 1978-1979
5. Education:
  • Ph.D., American Government, University of Notre Dame, year unknown
  • M.A., American Government, University of Notre Dame, year unknown
  • B.A., University of California at San Diego, year unknown
6. Published Works:
  • 9/11 Commission Report, 2004
7. Contact info: Elizabeth Fitzsimmons, Spokesperson
Embassy of the United States
Shantipath, Chanakyapuri
New Delhi  110021  INDIA

Phone: +(91)(11) 2419-8656
Email: FitzsimmonsEN@state.gov