Ambassador of the United States of America to the Republic of Poland (2004-2009)

From 1967 to 1973, member of the United States Marine Corps Air Reserves. The Executive Director of the Americans Outdoors Commission from 1985 to 1987.
In 1968 elected to the Tennessee House of Representatives where remained for six years before serving another nine years in the Tennessee Senate. Elected mayor of Knoxville in 1987 and re-elected three times to this position, the longest term in the city’s history.
In 2004 nominated by President Bush to be the Ambassador to Poland and was confirmed in that position by the U.S. Senate in June 2004. He served in Poland for five years.