President Obama on Friday nominated Jeh Johnson, of New York, to replace Janet Napolitano as Secretary of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. (Jeh is pronounced “Jay”.) Johnson served from 2009 to 2012 as the Defense Department’s top lawyer and, says The New York Daily News, “was one of the legal architects of the President’s counterterrorism policies.”
A graduate of the Columbia University Law School, Johnson now works with the law firm of Paul Weiss Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison. President Obama called him an absolutely critical member of my national security team” who has a “deep understanding of the threats and challenges that face the United States.”
Janet Napolitano left the Department of Homeland Security at the end of August to become president of the University of California system.