WASHINGTON — Minnesota native Denis McDonough was named today as President Obama’s deputy national security adviser.
Said Obama, “For years, I have counted on Denis McDonough’s expertise and counsel on national security issues. He possesses a remarkable intellect, irrepressible work ethic, and a sense of collegiality that has earned him the respect of his colleagues. I know that Denis will be indispensable to our entire national security team as we continue to protect the American people, and advance American interests and values around the world.”
McDonough replaces Tom Donilon, who held the position before being promoted to national security adviser. Donilon replaced Gen. James Jones, who left after public some disagreement with the White House on national security.
McDonough’s bio, c/o the White House (with his MN connections bolded by me):
McDonough served from September 2009 as Chief of Staff of the National Security Staff. Prior to that job, McDonough served as Deputy National Security Advisor for Strategic Communications. McDonough served as a senior advisor on foreign policy issues on the Presidential Transition Team and on President Obama’s 2008 campaign. Prior to that, he was a Senior Fellow at the Center for American Progress. He also worked in Congress, including as Foreign Policy Advisor for Senate Democratic Leader Tom Daschle. McDonough graduated from St. John’s University in Collegeville, Minn., and has a master’s from Georgetown University. A native of Stillwater, Minnesota, McDonough currently lives in Maryland with his wife Kari and three children, Addie, Liam and Teddy.
No doubt this tune will be ringing through the White House halls today.