Former Hillary Clinton Aide Becomes Next National Security Advisor To The Vice President

Vice President Joe Biden announced today that Jake Sullivan, a former aide to Hillary Clinton, will serve as his new National Security Advisor. The previous advisor was appointed by President Barack Obama to be his Principal Deputy National Security Advisor. Sullivan’s official title will be Deputy Assistant to the President and National Security Advisor to the Vice President.

Sullivan comes to the White House from the State Department, where he worked as the Director of Policy Planning and served as the Deputy Chief of Staff to Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. He has been with the State Department since 2009.

For the announcement, the Vice President said:

“Jake is the ideal person to serve as my National Security Advisor. He is respected across the Administration for his intellect, his dedication to our country, and the perspective he brings to even the most complex issues. He has been part of some of the biggest foreign policy challenges our nation has faced, and he’s always handled himself with incredible skill. I’m glad to welcome Jake to my team, and I look forward to working with him.”

Sullivan served then-Senator Clinton’s presidential campaign as her Deputy Policy Director. He previously served as Chief Counsel to Senator Amy Klobuchar of Minnesota, his home state. He is a trained lawyer and has served as a professor at the University of St. Thomas Law School. He originally graduated from Yale, went on to study at Oxford, then earned his J.D. from Yale Law School. Sullivan brings to the job a background rich with experiences and a history of having been an aide for Hillary Clinton during various points in her career.

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