Stephen Biegun

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Steve Biegun
Secretary Pompeo Poses for a Photo With Special Representative for North Korea Delegate Biegun (29282493087) (cropped).jpg
United States Deputy Secretary of State
Assuming office
President Donald Trump
Succeeding John Sullivan
United States Special Representative for North Korea
Assumed office
August 23, 2018
President Donald Trump
Preceded by Joseph Yun (North Korea Policy)
Personal details
Stephen Edward Biegun[1]

(1963-03-30) March 30, 1963 (age 56)
Detroit, Michigan, U.S.
Political party Republican
Education University of Michigan (BA)
  • Pending Senate confirmation.

Stephen Edward Biegun (born March 30, 1963) is an American businessman and diplomat who is the United States Special Representative for North Korea.[2] Biegun was previously vice president of international governmental affairs for the Ford Motor Company,[3] and was a staffer on the National Security Council as well as national security adviser to Senator Bill Frist.[4]

Biegun received his B.A. in Russian and political science from the University of Michigan in 1984. He was the in-country director for the International Republican Institute in Moscow, Russia, from 1992 to 1994. He is a member of the board of the U.S. Russia Foundation, the Moscow School of Political Studies, the U.S.–Russia Business Council and Ford Sollers, Ford's joint venture operation in Russia.

On August 7, 2019, The Wall Street Journal reported that Biegun was a top candidate to replace Jon Huntsman Jr. as United States Ambassador to Russia. After John Sullivan was instead nominated to be Ambassador to Russia, Biegun was in turn nominated to replace him as U.S. Deputy Secretary of State on October 31, 2019.[5]


Biegun has held a number of roles within the federal government, including executive secretary of the National Security Council, reporting to national security adviser Condoleezza Rice under President George W. Bush. He was a foreign policy adviser to Sarah Palin during John McCain's 2008 presidential campaign.[6] On March 1, 2018, it was reported that Biegun was a top candidate to replace Donald Trump's national security adviser H. R. McMaster.[7] On March 22, it was announced that McMaster would instead be succeeded by John R. Bolton.

On August 23, 2018, U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo appointed Biegun as the U.S. Special Representative for North Korea, directing U.S. policy in regard to North Korea on behalf of the Trump administration.[8]


  1. ^ "Annual Report 2010". Council on Foreign Relations. Retrieved November 22, 2019.
  2. ^ Harris, Gardiner (August 23, 2018). "Pompeo Will Return to North Korea Next Week With Reinforcement". New York Times. Retrieved August 23, 2018.
  3. ^ "Stephen E. Biegun". Ford Motor Company. Retrieved 2018-03-01.
  4. ^ Shesgreen, Deirdre (August 23, 2018). "Secretary of State Pompeo to return to North Korea for nuclear talks". USA Today. Retrieved August 23, 2018.
  5. ^ "PN1266 — Stephen E. Biegun — Department of State". U.S. Congress. October 31, 2019. Retrieved November 1, 2019.
  6. ^ Martin, Jonathan (November 7, 2008). "Palin allies: She's no diva". POLITICO. Retrieved August 23, 2018.
  7. ^ Nicolle Wallace (2018-03-01). "White House preparing for McMaster exit as early as next month". NBC News. Retrieved 2018-03-01.
  8. ^ "Mike Pompeo to travel to North Korea, names Stephen Biegun as new special representative". The Straits Times. August 23, 2018. Retrieved August 23, 2018.

External links

  • Media related to Stephen E. Biegun at Wikimedia Commons
  • Appearances on C-SPAN
Diplomatic posts
Preceded by
Joseph Yun
as Special Representative for North Korea Policy
United States Special Representative for North Korea
Political offices
Preceded by
John Sullivan
United States Deputy Secretary of State
Taking office 2019
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