Thursday February 27, 2020



The Honorable James R. Sasser

Ambassador James Ralph Sasser was elected as a Democrat (TN) to the United States in 1976; he was reelected in 1982 and 1988, and served until 1995, when he was appointed U.S. Ambassador to the People’s Republic of China by President Clinton. Sasser served as ambassador to China from 1995-2001.

Ambassador Sasser was born in Memphis, Tennessee on September 30, 1936. Sasser attended the University of Tennessee from 1954 to 1955. He earned his undergraduate degree from Vanderbilt University in 1958, followed by his law degree from Vanderbilt Law School in 1961. He was admitted to the Tennessee Bar in 1961 and began practicing law in Nashville. From 1957 to 1963, Sasser served in the United States Marine Corps Reserves.

Ambassador Sasser currently resides in Washington, D.C.