Thomas E. Donilon

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Thomas Donilon
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23rd National Security Advisor
In office
October 8, 2010 – July 1, 2013
President Barack Obama
Deputy Denis McDonough
Tony Blinken
Preceded by James Jones
Succeeded by Susan Rice
Deputy National Security Advisor
In office
January 20, 2009 – October 8, 2010
President Barack Obama
Preceded by James Jeffrey
Succeeded by Denis McDonough
Assistant Secretary of State for Public Affairs
In office
April 1, 1993 – November 7, 1996
President Bill Clinton
Preceded by Margaret Tutwiler
Succeeded by James Rubin
Personal details
Born May 14, 1955 (1955-05-14) (age 62)
Providence, Rhode Island, U.S.
Spouse(s) Catherine Russell
Children 2
Alma mater Catholic University of America
University of Virginia

Thomas E. "Tom" Donilon (born May 14, 1955) is a former United States Government official who served as the National Security Advisor in the Obama Administration.[1] He has had a career as a U.S. political advisor, government official and lawyer.[2] Previously, he served together with diplomat Wendy Sherman as Agency Review Team Lead for the State Department in the Obama transition,[3] and as Deputy to National Security Advisor James Jones early in the Obama administration. Donilon replaced Jones as National Security Advisor on October 8, 2010.[4] Donilon announced his resignation as National Security Adviser on 5th June 2013. Susan Rice was his successor.[5]

Donilon also served as Chief of Staff to former Secretary of State Warren Christopher at the United States Department of State in the Administration of President Bill Clinton.

Donilon was born on May 14, 1955 in Providence, Rhode Island. He studied at the Catholic University of America and at Virginia University. He is currently married to Catherine Russell. They have two children.

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