Tom Bossert

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Tom Bossert
Tom Bossert official photo.jpg
7th United States Homeland Security Advisor
In office
January 20, 2017 – April 10, 2018
PresidentDonald Trump
Preceded byLisa Monaco
Succeeded byDoug Fears
Personal details
Born (1975-03-25) March 25, 1975 (age 44)
Quakertown, Pennsylvania, U.S.
Political partyRepublican
EducationUniversity of Pittsburgh (BA)
George Washington University

Thomas P. Bossert (born March 25, 1975)[1] is an American lawyer and former Homeland Security Advisor to U.S. President Donald Trump.[2] He is an ABC News Homeland Security analyst.

Immediately before, he was a fellow at the Atlantic Council and prior to that he served as Deputy Homeland Security Advisor to President George W. Bush. In that capacity, he co-authored the 2007 National Strategy for Homeland Security. Prior to that, Bossert held positions in the Federal Emergency Management Agency, the Small Business Administration, the Office of the Independent Counsel, and the House of Representatives.[3] He also was appointed as the Director of Infrastructure Protection under Bush, overseeing the security of critical U.S. infrastructure, a post he held for two years.[4]

Bossert was appointed the Senior Director for Preparedness Policy within the Executive Office of the President.[5]

Early life[edit]

Bossert was born and raised in Quakertown, Pennsylvania,[6] where he graduated from Quakertown Community High School in 1993.[7] He attended the University of Pittsburgh, where he earned a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and Economics in 1997, and attended George Washington University Law School, earning his Juris Doctor in 2003.[8]

Political career[edit]

Bossert with Gen. Joseph Lengyel (left) and Rear Adm. Jeff Hughes (right) in 2017

Following the end of the Bush administration, Bossert was made a Nonresident Zurich Cyber Risk Fellow at the Atlantic Council's Cyber Security Initiative, a position he held until 2016. He also became president of the risk management consulting firm Civil Defense Solutions.[9]

On December 27, 2016, the Trump transition team announced that then President-elect Donald Trump intended to appoint Bossert to the post of Homeland Security Advisor (officially titled the Assistant to the President for Homeland Security and Counterterrorism), a position that would not require Senate confirmation. Bossert was officially appointed on January 20, 2017, the date of President Trump's entrance into office.[4]

In July 2017, a British hacker spear-phished Bossert into thinking he was Jared Kushner by sending an email to Bossert. The hacker also received Bossert's private email address without asking for it.[10]

On April 10, 2018, Bossert resigned, a day after John R. Bolton, the newly appointed National Security Advisor, started his tenure.[11]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Nicholas, Peter; Schwartz, Felicia (December 27, 2016). "Donald Trump Names Thomas Bossert Chief Adviser on Cybersecurity and Elevates Role As an assistant to the president, he will have 'independent status'". Wall Street Journal.
  2. ^ Landler, Mark (April 10, 2018). "Thomas Bossert, Trump's Chief Adviser on Homeland Security, Is Forced Out". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved April 10, 2018.
  3. ^ Wagner, John (December 27, 2016). "Trump names Bush administration veteran Thomas Bossert to White House homeland security post". Washington Post. Retrieved December 27, 2016.
  4. ^ a b Geller, Eric (December 27, 2016). "Trump picks Tom Bossert as homeland security advisor". Politico. Retrieved June 18, 2017.
  5. ^ Benscoter, Jana (December 27, 2016). "University of Pittsburgh grad appointed to assistant to the President for Homeland Security and Counterterrorism". Fox 43. Retrieved December 27, 2016.
  6. ^ "Mr. Thomas Bossert". Cyber Week 2017. Archived from the original on July 31, 2018. Retrieved July 31, 2018.
  7. ^ "Quakertown Graduate Appointed to Trump Cabinet". Upper Bucks Free Press. Vol. 8 no. 1. January 2017. p. 6. Archived from the original on July 31, 2018. Retrieved July 31, 2018.
  8. ^ Lam, Phyllis (February 16, 2017). "Thomas Bossert". Investopedia. Retrieved August 15, 2017.
  9. ^ "Tom Bossert". Atlantic Council. Retrieved December 27, 2016.
  10. ^ Correspondent, Jake Tapper, Anchor and Chief Washington. "White House officials tricked by email prankster". CNN. Retrieved August 2, 2017.
  11. ^ Correspondent, Michael Calia. "Trump's top homeland security advisor Tom Bossert to resign". CNBC. Retrieved April 10, 2018.

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Political offices
Preceded by
Lisa Monaco
United States Homeland Security Advisor
Succeeded by
Doug Fears