Mike Donilon

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Mike Donilon
Counselor to the Vice President of the United States
In office
January 20, 2009 – August, 2013
Vice PresidentJoe Biden
Personal details
Alma materGeorgetown University, (A.B., J.D.)
Professionlawyer and political campaign consultant

Mike Donilon, a lawyer and political campaign consultant, is a partner at AKPD Message and Media.[1] Between 2009 and 2013,[2] he served as Counselor to the Vice President under Vice President Joe Biden. Prior to his White House appointment, Donilon worked with the vice-presidential candidate to help him prepare for the debates and also as a traveling advisor. He has been an advisor and consultant to Vice President Biden since 1981.[3]

Early life and education[edit]

Donilon is a graduate of La Salle Academy in Providence, Rhode Island.[4] He received an A.B. and a J.D. from Georgetown University.


Mike Donilon has advised candidates and worked on their campaigns in numerous important races including Douglas Wilder's historic campaign and victory for governorship of Virginia (1989), Harris Wofford's upset victory over Dick Thornburgh to become Senator for the state of Pennsylvania, and Bill Clinton's successful run for the White House in 1992.

Donilon has also worked on campaigns for Governor Jon Corzine (D-NJ), Senator Bill Nelson (D-FL), Senator Jack Reed (D-RI), Senator Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI), and former Senator Mark Dayton (D-MN). In 2006 and 2008, Donilon claims he was "instrumental in the campaigns for Senator Claire McCaskill (D-MO), Senator Robert Menendez (D-NJ), Senator Mark Udall (D-CO), and Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH), working to create the campaign ads for those races paid for by indenpendent [sic] expenditure of the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee."[attribution needed]

Personal life[edit]

Donilon's brothers are Tom Donilon, who was chief of staff in former President Bill Clinton’s State Department and is a former National security adviser to Barack Obama.[5][6] and Terry Donilon, Communications Director for Cardinal Sean O'Malley of the Archdiocese of Boston [7] His sister-in-law is Catherine M. Russell, chief of staff to Jill Biden, the wife of Joe Biden, Vice President of the United States.


  1. ^ http://akpdmedia.com/partners/mike-donilon/
  2. ^ http://akpdmedia.com/newsroom/biden-sr-adviser-mike-donilon-joins-akpd-as-partner/
  3. ^ http://change.gov/newsroom/entry/vice_president_elect_biden_announces_key_staff_positions/
  4. ^ "Washington Post Does Lengthy Profile on La Salle Alum Tom Donilon '73". LaSalle Academy. Retrieved April 21, 2014.
  5. ^ Profiles. "Catherine Russell: Why She Matters" Archived 2009-02-15 at the Wayback Machine., "whorunsgov.com".
  6. ^ Vogel, Kenneth P."15 Obama administration power couples", "Politico", June 15, 2009.
  7. ^ "The brothers Donilon: One's boss is President Obama, the other's could be pope". The Washington Post. Retrieved 6 June 2014.

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