James Comey

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James Comey
James B. Comey september 2013.jpg
Director of the FBI
In office
September 4, 2013 - Present
Term ends
Elections and appointments
NominatedJune 21, 2013
ConfirmedJuly 29, 2013
AppointedSeptember 4, 2013
Appointed byBarack Obama
Prior offices
United States Deputy Attorney General
U.S. Attorney
High schoolNorthern Highlands Regional High School
Bachelor'sCollege of William and Mary
J.D.University of Chicago Law School
Date of birthDecember 14, 1960
Place of birthYonkers, NY
Office website
James Brien Comey, Jr. (b. December 14, 1960, in Yonkers, New York) is the current Director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI). He was confirmed by the U.S. Senate on July 29, 2013, by a vote of 93-1.[1] Rand Paul was the only vote against Comey's confirmation, making him the only FBI Director since J. Edgar Hoover's death to receive a vote against confirmation.[1] Paul previously had placed a hold on the confirmation process until the FBI provided answers regarding FBI drone use in the U.S.[1]

Comey was previously a professor of law at Columbia University and served as Deputy Attorney General under John Ashcroft in the George W. Bush administration.[2]


Comey was born in Yonkers, New York, and attended Northern Highlands Regional High School in Allendale, New Jersey, before graduating from the College of William and Mary. He earned his J.D. from the University of Chicago Law School.[3]


Below is an abbreviated outline of Comey's academic, professional and political career:[3][4]

  • 1982: Graduated from College of William and Mary
  • 1985: Earned J.D. from University of Chicago Law School
  • 1985-1987: Law Clerk for U.S. District Court in the Southern District of New York
  • 1987-1993: Deputy Chief of the Criminal Division in U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York
  • 1993-1996: Partner at McGuireWoods, LLP
  • 1996-2001: Managing Assistant for U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Virginia
  • 2001-2003: U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York
  • 2003-2005: Deputy Attorney General under George W. Bush administration
  • 2005-2010: General Counsel and Senior Vice-president of Lockheed Martin
  • 2010-2013: Senior Research Scholar and Hertog Fellow at Columbia University
  • 2013-Present: Director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation

Confirmation vote

Comey was confirmed by the Senate by a vote of 93-1 on July 29, 2013. Sen. Rand Paul was the only vote against Comey's confirmation.[5]

James Comey confirmation vote, July 29, 2013
Party Votes for Approveda Votes against Defeatedd Total votes
Democratic Party Democrats 49 0 49
Republican Party Republicans 42 1 43
Independent Independents 2 0 2
Total Votes 93 1 94

Paul threatened to filibuster Senate discussion on Comey's confirmation in order to pressure previous FBI Director, Robert Mueller, to release information about domestic drone inventory and usage. Paul led a filibuster over similar issues during confirmation hearings for CIA Director John Brennan in March 2013.[6] While Paul did not filibuster, he placed a hold on the nomination of Comey until the FBI responded to his questions concerning the FBI's use of drones in the U.S. on July 29, 2013.[7]


Comey and his wife, Patrice, have five children.[3]

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See also

External links

Official website of the FBI