October 10, 2017: Stephen B. King was confirmed as the U.S. Ambassador to the Czech Republic by the U.S. Senate on Thursday, October 5, 2017. King, 75, of Wisconsin, is a Janesville businessman and longtime Member of the Republican National Committee (RNC) who worked for the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) in the 1960s. He ran unsuccessfully for the U.S. Senate in 1988, losing a Republican primary election to fellow Republican Susan Engeleiter, who then lost to Democrat Herb Kohl. King was the Wisconsin Republican Party Chairman from 1985 to 1988. His current tenure on the Republican National Committee started in 2007. King was asked by former RNC Chairman and former White House Chief of Staff Reince Priebus, when Priebus was the RNC Chairman, to oversee the planning and organization of the 2016 Republican National Convention in Cleveland. The FBI is a division of the U.S. Department of Justice.