Obama nominates Jeh Johnson as next secretary of Homeland Security

North AmericaObama nominates Jeh Johnson as next secretary of Homeland Security

WASHINGTON: The 56-year-old Jeh Johnson has been nominated by the US President Barack Obama as the next secretary of Homeland Security.

In a statement, Obama said that “Jeh Johnson is the right person to take this on,” adding that “Jeh understands this country is worth protecting … because of who we are.”


Johnson served as general counsel at the Department of Defense during Obama’s first term. While at the Pentagon, he was instrumental in shaping the Obama administration’s drone policy, taking part in the review establishing the legality of their use.

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