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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
President Donald Trump
Preceded by Lisa Monaco
Succeeded by Rob Joyce (Acting)
Personal details
Born (1975-03-25) March 25, 1975 (age 43)
Political party Republican
Education University 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]

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 and education[edit]

Bossert 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.[6]

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.[7]

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.[8]

On April 10, 2018, Bossert resigned a day after John R. Bolton, the newly-appointed National Security Advisor, started his tenure.[9]


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  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 (27 December 2016). "Trump names Bush administration veteran Thomas Bossert to White House homeland security post". Washington Post. Retrieved 27 December 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 (27 December 2016). "University of Pittsburgh grad appointed to assistant to the President for Homeland Security and Counterterrorism". Fox 43. Retrieved 27 December 2016. 
  6. ^ Lam, Phyllis (2017-02-16). "Thomas Bossert". Investopedia. Retrieved 2017-08-15. 
  7. ^ "Tom Bossert". Atlantic Council. Retrieved 27 December 2016. 
  8. ^ Correspondent, Jake Tapper, Anchor and Chief Washington. "White House officials tricked by email prankster". CNN. Retrieved 2017-08-02. 
  9. ^ Correspondent, Michael Calia. "Trump's top homeland security advisor Tom Bossert to resign". CNBC. Retrieved 2018-04-10. 

Further reading[edit]

External links[edit]

Media related to Tom Bossert at Wikimedia Commons

Political offices
Preceded by
Lisa Monaco
United States Homeland Security Advisor
Succeeded by
Rob Joyce


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