Kenneth L. Wainstein

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Kenneth L. Wainstein
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4th United States Homeland Security Advisor
In office
March 30, 2008 – January 20, 2009
President George W. Bush
Preceded by Frances Townsend
Succeeded by John O. Brennan
1st Assistant Attorney General for National Security
In office
September 28, 2006 – March 30, 2008
President George W. Bush
Personal details
Born Kenneth Leonard Wainstein
United States
Alma mater University of Virginia
UC Berkeley School of Law

Kenneth Leonard Wainstein (born 1962) is an American lawyer.[1] He served as the first Assistant Attorney General for National Security, and later as the Homeland Security Advisor to United States President George W. Bush.


Wainstein is a graduate of the University of Virginia and earned his law degree from the University of California at Berkeley.[1]


Wainstein worked for the Federal Bureau of Investigation, as General Counsel and as Chief of Staff to the FBI Director.[1] He was United States Attorney for the District of Columbia.[1]

On September 26, 2006, he was sworn in as the Department of Justice's Assistant Attorney General responsible for National Security.[2]

Wainstein was appointed Homeland Security Advisor by President George W. Bush on March 30, 2008. He was also Assistant to the President for Homeland Security and Counterterrorism and chaired the Homeland Security Council. He was appointed as the "National Continuity Coordinator" under the auspices of National Security Presidential Directive 51[3]


Government offices
Preceded by
Frances Fragos Townsend
United States Homeland Security Advisor
Succeeded by
John O. Brennan