Former Hillary Clinton aide Jake Sullivan will be the new national security advisor for Vice President Joe Biden, the White House announced today.
Sullivan's move over to the Office of the Vice President had been rumored for some time, but was not finalized until this week. Sullivan, who served as then Secretary of State Clinton's deputy chief of staff and then also simultaneously as her director of policy planning, was also considering a return to his native Minnesota to begin a political career and potentially a run for Congress, multiple sources told The Cable.
In the end, Sullivan decided to take the job, offered by Biden, to replace Tony Blinken, who succeeded Denis McDonough as principal deputy national security advisor to President Barack Obama. McDonough succeeded Jack Lew, who is moving next door to head the Treasury Department, as White House chief of staff.
"Jake is the ideal person to serve as my National Security Advisor," Biden said in statement. "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."
Here's Sullivan's bio as released today by the White House:
Mr. Sullivan joined the State Department in January 2009 as Deputy Chief of Staff for Policy. He also served as Deputy Policy Director on then-Senator Clinton's presidential campaign, and was previously Chief Counsel to Senator Amy Klobuchar of Minnesota, his home state. Trained as a lawyer, he worked as an associate at the Minneapolis law firm of Faegre & Benson and as an adjunct professor at the University of St. Thomas Law School. Mr. Sullivan served as a clerk for Judge Guido Calabresi of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit and for Justice Stephen Breyer of the U.S. Supreme Court.
Mr. Sullivan graduated from Yale College with a degree in Political Science and International Studies. He earned an M.Phil. in International Relations from Oxford on a Rhodes Scholarship, where he served as managing editor of the Oxford International Review. He earned a J.D. from Yale Law School, where he was an Articles Editor of the Yale Law Journal.
Mr. Sullivan's formal title will be Deputy Assistant to the President and National Security Advisor to the Vice President.
John Hudson reports on national security and foreign policy from the Pentagon to Foggy Bottom, the White House to Embassy Row, for The Cable.