For the similarly named Congressman from Virginia, see Rick Boucher.
Richard A. Boucher (born 1951 in Bethesda, Maryland) was sworn in as the Assistant Secretary of State for South and Central Asian Affairs on February 21, 2006. The Bureau of South Asian Affairs was expanded to include the nations of Central Asia shortly before his confirmation.
In 2005, Boucher became the longest-serving Assistant Secretary for Public Affairs in the Department of State’s history. He began his most recent tenure as Spokesman for the State Department in May, 2000 under Secretary Madeleine Albright and continued as Spokesman throughout the tenure of Secretary Colin Powell and for Secretary Condoleezza Rice until June 2005. He has previously served as the Department's Deputy Spokesman under Secretary Baker, starting in 1989 and became the Spokesman for Secretary Eagleburger in August 1992 and for Secretary Christopher until June 1993.