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Diplomat In The Making:

Grandson Of Stronghurst Couple Ron and Joan Stamp Joins U.S. Department Of State As A Foreign Service Officer

Washington, D.C. - The U.S. Department of State recently swore in Perry F. Stamp of Springfield, Illinois, as a U.S. Foreign Service Officer. Stamp accepted his first tour of duty in So Paulo, Brazil, as a consular officer beginning in January, 2017.

In a written statement, Stamp said, "I look forward to representing the U.S. abroad as a diplomat. Brazil is one of our largest trading partners and an important market for U.S. goods and services. In 2014, exports to Brazil from Illinois alone totaled $2.3 billion - roughly five percent of the national total. Much of this revenue ends up in the pockets of hardworking Illinoisans across our state, including in those of the many farmers such as my grandparents. The opportunity to serve my country to further this vital relationship is a great honor and privilege."

The Foreign Service is a group of more than11, 000 employees who represent the United State in over 180 countries around the world. For about a 1 percent investment of the Federal budget, the State Department yields a large return for the American people by protecting U.S. national security, promoting out economic interests, providing services and reaffirming our country's exceptional role in the world. Click to see some of the direct effects State Department programs have in American communities.

Stamp was sworn in with a class of 98 other Entry Level Officers earlier this spring at the U.S. State Department in Washington, D.C

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