Richard Nelson Swett is an American politician and served in the United States of Representatives for New Hampshire’s 2nd congressional district. He also served as the U.S. Ambassador to Denmark.
Swett was born on May 1, 1957, in Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania, and moved to New Hampshire with his family when he was a child. He holds a degree from Yale University and became an architect in San Francisco.
Swett served in the U.S. House of Representatives from January 1991 to January 1995. He was defeated in his bid for a re-election. He ran for the U.S. Senate in 1996 but was defeated narrowly by the incumbent. In 1998, U.S. president Bill Clinton appointed him to be U.S. Ambassador to Denmark. Swett served there until 2001. He and Larry Coben wrote the national energy policy for Senator Joseph Lieberman’s 2004 presidential campaign.
Swett returned to his career in architecture and assumed the position of Managing Principal for the Washington office of Leo A. Daly. He then co-founded Climate Prosperity Enterprise Solutions and became the CEO. He is the author of Leadership by Design: Creating an Architecture of Trust (2005).