Kenneth L. Wainstein

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Ken 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 Fran Townsend
Succeeded by John Brennan
Assistant Attorney General for National Security
In office
September 28, 2006 – March 30, 2008
President George W. Bush
Preceded by Position established
Succeeded by Patrick Rowan
United States Attorney for the District of Columbia
In office
May 2004 – September 28, 2006
President George W. Bush
Preceded by Roscoe Howard
Succeeded by Ronald Machen
Personal details
Born Kenneth Leonard Wainstein
1962 (age 54–55)
Political party Republican
Education University of Virginia (BA)
University of California, Berkeley (JD)

Kenneth Leonard "Ken" 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.

Education[edit]

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

Career[edit]

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]

Wainstein also serves as a member of the Blue Ribbon Study Panel on Biodefense, a group that encourages and advocates changes to government policy to strengthen national biodefense.[4] In order to address biological threats facing the nation, the Blue Ribbon Study Panel on Biodefense created a 33 step initiative for the U.S. Government to implement. Headed by former Senator Joe Lieberman and former Governor Tom Ridge, the Study Panel assembled in Washington D.C. for four meetings concerning current biodefense programs. The Study Panel concluded that the federal government had little to no defense mechanisms in case of a biological event. The Study Panel's final report, The National Blueprint for Biodefense, proposes a string of solutions and recommendations for the U.S. Government to take, including items such as giving the Vice President authority over biodefense responsibilities and merging the entire biodefense budget. These solutions represent the Panel's call to action in order to increase awareness and activity for pandemic related issues. 

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Political offices
New office Assistant Attorney General for National Security
2006–2008
Succeeded by
Patrick Rowan
Preceded by
Fran Townsend
United States Homeland Security Advisor
2008–2009
Succeeded by
John Brennan