Homeland Security Advisor

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Assistant to the President for Homeland Security and Counterterrorism
Tom Bossert

since January 20, 2017
Executive Office of the President
Homeland Security Council staff
Appointer The President
Constituting instrument The post is defined by executive order.
Formation 2001
First holder Tom Ridge
Deputy Deputy Homeland Security Advisor
Website The White House

The Assistant to the President for Homeland Security and Counterterrorism, commonly referred to as the Homeland Security Advisor and occasionally holding the title of Deputy National Security Advisor for Homeland Security and Counterterrorism, is a senior aide in the Executive Office of the President, based in the West Wing of the White House, who serves as the chief in-house advisor to the President of the United States on homeland security and counterterrorism issues. The Homeland Security Advisor is a statutory member of the Homeland Security Council. Serving at the pleasure of the President, the Homeland Security Advisor does not require Senate confirmation for appointment to the office.

Bush originally created an interim Office of Homeland Security in the immediate aftermath of the September 11 attacks, with Tom Ridge serving as its Director, until the formal creation of the HSC on October 5, 2001.[1] The current Homeland Security Advisor is Tom Bossert, who assumed the role on January 20, 2017.

Under the George W. Bush administration, the Homeland Security Advisor was independent of the National Security Council, residing within the Homeland Security Council. Under the Obama administration, while the Homeland Security Council remained, the Advisor held the title of Deputy National Security Advisor for Homeland Security and Counterterrorism, subordinating the position to the National Security Advisor.

List of Homeland Security Advisors[edit]

# Portrait Name Term President(s) served under
Start End
1 Tom Ridge.jpg Tom Ridge September 20, 2001 January 24, 2003 George W. Bush
2 John A Gordon.jpg John A. Gordon April 30, 2003 May 28, 2004
3 Frances fragos townsend.jpg Frances Townsend May 28, 2004 March 30, 2008
4 Ken Wainstein.jpg Kenneth L. Wainstein March 30, 2008 January 20, 2009
5 John Brennan CIA official portrait.jpg John O. Brennan January 20, 2009 January 25, 2013 Barack Obama
6 Lisa Monaco --DOJ Portrait--.jpg Lisa Monaco January 25, 2013 January 20, 2017
7 No image.svg Tom Bossert January 20, 2017 present Donald Trump

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Text: President Bush Addresses the Nation". The Washington Post. September 20, 2001. Retrieved January 18, 2017.