|Counselor to the Vice President of the United States|
January 20, 2009
|Vice President||Joe Biden|
|Alma mater||Georgetown University, (A.B., J.D.)|
|Profession||lawyer and political campaign consultant|
Mike Donilon, a lawyer and political campaign consultant, has been appointed to be Counselor to the Vice-President by Vice President Joe Biden. Prior to the 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.
Early life and education
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 "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]
Donilon's brother is 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. 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.
- Profiles. "Catherine Russell: Why She Matters", "whorunsgov.com".
- Vogel, Kenneth P."15 Obama administration power couples", "Politico", June 15, 2009.