U.S. Department of State

Barbara Mills Larkin
Assistant Secretary for Legislative Affairs

Barbara Mills Larkin was sworn in as Assistant Secretary of State for Legislative Affairs in July 1996.

A native of Dubuque, Iowa, Barbara Larkin joined the Department of State in 1993 as Deputy Assistant Secretary for Legislative Affairs (Senate). She came to the Department from Capitol Hill, where she served most recently as Legislative Director and counsel to Senator Dianne Feinstein. From 1986-1992, she was Chief Counsel and Foreign Policy Advisor to Senator Terry Sanford, a member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee and Chairman of the Subcommittee on Near East and South Asia Affairs, and a Professional Staff Member of the Committee. As a member of the Senate Observer Group to the Central American Peace Negotioations from 1987-1992, Ms. Larkin also has substantial experience in Latin American issues. In 1974 and 1975, she was a Legislative Assistant to Representative Michael T. Blouin (D-IA).

Between positions on Capitol Hill, Ms. Larkin practiced law for nine years in Raleigh, North Carolina, with the firm of Sanford, Adams, McCullough and Beard. She was one of the first women to be made a partner in a major firm in that state. As Chief Counsel to Senator Sanford, Ms. Larkin continued to provide advice on all legal matters, including judicial nominations and issues arising from the Senator's duties as a member and chairman of the Select Committee on Ethics.

Long active in Democratic politics, Ms. Larkin served as a consultant and press secretary to the Mondale-Ferraro campaign in North Carolina, a full time advisor to Senator Sanford's 1986 Senate race and as Coordinator of the Blouin for Congress Committee in Iowa in 1974.

Ms. Larkin is a graduate of Clarke College and the University of Iowa College of Law.

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