|U.S. Secretary of Homeland Security|
|Elections and appointments|
|Nominated||October 18, 2013|
|Confirmed||December 16, 2013|
|Appointed by||Barack Obama|
|General Counsel for the Department of Defense|
|General Counsel for the Department of the Air Force|
|Assistant U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York|
|J.D.||Columbia Law School|
|Birthday||September 11, 1957|
|Place of birth||New York, New York|
He previously served as general counsel for the Pentagon and for the Air Force, as well as being a private practice attorney.
Below is an abbreviated outline of Johnson's academic, professional and political career:
- 1979: Graduated from Morehouse College
- 1982: Earned J.D. from Columbia Law School
- 1984-1988: Attorney at a private practice
- 1989-1991: Assistant U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York
- 1992-1998: Attorney at Paul Weiss
- 1998-2001: General Counsel at Department of the Air Force
- 2001-2008: Attorney at Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison, LLP
- 2008-2012: General Counsel at Department of Defense
|Jeh Johnson confirmation vote, December 16, 2013|
|Party||Votes for||Votes against||Total votes|
Hold on nomination
Sen. Chuck Grassley announced on November 20, 2013, that he placed a hold on Johnson's nomination for the Department of Homeland Security (DHS). He said he had no plan to relent until Johnson provided him with key information about his views on immigration.
“We asked if he would cooperate with us on oversight matters and work with us to improve immigration policies going forward,” Grassley said. “We have not yet received a response from Mr. Johnson.”
Grassley and five other senators sent a letter to Johnson on November 15, 2013, asking him a wide variety of questions on immigration policy and oversight issues at the Department of Homeland Security.
Secretary of Homeland Security term initiatives
ISIS insurgency in Iraq and Syria
- See also: ISIS insurgency in Iraq and Syria
On July 6, Secretary of Homeland Security Johnson admitted he was "concerned" about the possible threats posed by ISIS and heightened U.S. airport security in countries that had direct flights to the U.S. Following Britain's decision to raise their terror threat level on August 29, 2014, Johnson defended the Obama administration's decision to maintain the U.S. threat level, stating that national security officials were "unaware of any specific, credible threat to the U.S. homeland from ISIL." Johnson then explained the measures that were being taken, insisting, "This government, in close collaboration with our international partners, has also taken a series of steps to track foreign fighters who travel in and out of Syria, and we are contemplating additional security measures concerning foreign fighters.
Immigration policy enforcement
- See also: 2014 illegal immigration surge
Having declared immigration reform a top priority for his second term, President Barack Obama made border policies stricter on June 20, 2014, due to the increase in undocumented migrants crossing the border from Mexico. While Republican opponents of the president claimed weak immigration policy was encouraging more people to cross the border illegally, a White House spokesperson suggested Mexican drug gangs were spreading misinformation about American policy to recruit drug mules. When asked about the administration's policies, Johnson stated, "Our message to those who come here illegally: Our border is not open to illegal migration." He also explained that he was working with President Obama to find possible executive actions to solve the immigration issues.
The Obama administration claimed on July 11, 2014, that the number of unaccompanied minors crossing the border illegally could be up to 90,000 by the end of the fiscal year, September 30. Johnson urged a funding increase during testimony before Congress, arguing, "People in Central America need to see illegal migrants coming back. We have to return people … They need to see people coming back, that they wasted their money."
|U.S. Department of Homeland Security Annual Budget|
|Year||Budget (in billions)||% Difference from previous year|
- Note: 2014 only represents the Department's budget request, not an enacted budget.
Johnson is married with three children.
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- U.S. Department of Homeland Security
- Janet Napolitano
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- ISIS insurgency in Iraq and Syria
- 2014 illegal immigration surge
- Huffington Post, "Jeh Johnson, Obama DHS Pick, Has Dealt With Weighty National Security Issues," October 18, 2013
- GovTrack, "On the Nomination: Jeh Johnson," December 16, 2013
- Las Vegas Sun, "Biographical information for Jeh C. Johnson," October 22, 2013
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- Politico, "Chuck Grassley puts hold on DHS nominee," accessed November 21, 2013
- Politico, "Johnson: Terrorist threat remains," July 6, 2014
- The Hill, "WH: No plans to raise terror threat level," August 29, 2014
- The Washington Post, "Obama administration announces new steps to stem flow of immigrants at Texas border," June 20, 2014
- Politico, "Johnson: Border 'not open' to undocumented immigrants," July 6, 2014
- Politico, "Johnson ramps up border projections," July 11, 2014
- U.S. Department of Homeland Security, "DHS Budget," accessed January 31, 2014
- Politico, "10 things to know about Jeh Johnson," October 18, 2013