Bob Krueger

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Robert Charles Krueger "has been a university professor and dean, businessman, Chairman of a state energy regulatory Board, US Congressman, US Senator, US Ambassador on three occasions and Special Representative of the US Secretary of State.

"Born in New Braunfels, Texas, Mr. Krueger was educated in the local public school system and graduated cum laude, with honors, Phi Beta Kappa from Southern Methodist University. A year later he took an M.A. from Duke University, and proceeded to take M.Litt. and Ph.D. degrees in English literature from Oxford University. In 1961, at age 25, he began teaching at Duke and by age 36 was named Duke’s Vice-Provost and Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences.

"Upon his father’s death in 1973, he returned to Texas to head the family businesses including hosiery manufacturing, an auto dealership, a hotel and registered cattle operation.

"In 1974, he won a seat in the US Congress representing the 21st District of Texas. After missing election to the US Senate by a margin of three votes per thousand in 1978, Mr. Krueger was appointed Ambassador-at-Large and Coordinator for Mexican Affairs. He resigned that post in 1981 to return to his home state, where he married, engaged in private business and at various times held visiting chaired professorships in business/government relations at the University of Texas, Rice University and Southern Methodist University.

"In 1992, Governor Ann Richards picked him to serve as US Senator from Texas when Lloyd Bentsen became Secretary of the Treasury. When he lost that seat in a special election in 1993, President Clinton appointed him Ambassador to Burundi. In 1996, he was appointed as Ambassador to Botswana and as Special Representative of the Secretary of State to the Southern African Development Community. Upon completing those assignments in December 1999, he was named Visiting Research Fellow at Merton College, Oxford University, specifically to write a book about his African experience. Having completed that task, he is now consulting for various firms, especially those interested in international trade and US government policy; and speaking on various public issues." [1] also see

Government Posts

  • Ambassador-at-Large, 1979 - 1981
  • Burundi, 1994 - 1996
  • Botswana, 1996 - 1999


  • Krueger, Robert, ed. The Poems of Sir John Davies. Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1975; Krueger, Robert. Cry from the Heart of Africa. Austin: University of Texas Press, 2005.

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  1. Bob Krueger, Council of American Ambassadors, accessed April 15, 2008.
  2. Directors and Advisors, Genocide Watch, accessed April 15, 2008.