Kenneth L. Wainstein

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Person.png Kenneth L. Wainstein  Rdf-entity.pngRdf-icon.png
(lawyer, spook)
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BornKenneth Leonard Wainstein
Alma materUniversity of Virginia, University of California Berkeley
Leader of Homeland Security Council, biodefense lobbyist

Employment.png United States Homeland Security Advisor

In office
March 30, 2008 - January 20, 2009
Preceded byFrances Townsend
Succeeded byJohn Brennan

Employment.png Assistant Attorney General for National Security Wikipedia-icon.png

In office
September 28, 2006 - March 30, 2008

Kenneth Leonard Wainstein is an American lawyer.[1] He was the first Assistant Attorney General for National Security, and later as the Homeland Security Advisor to United States President George W. Bush.


Wainstein is a graduate of the University of Virginia and earned his J.D. degree from the University of California, Berkeley School of Law.


Wainstein worked for the Federal Bureau of Investigation, as General Counsel and as Chief of Staff to the FBI Director. He was United States Attorney for the District of Columbia.

On September 26, 2006, he was sworn in as the Department of Justice's Assistant Attorney General responsible for National Security.[2]

Wainstein was appointed Homeland Security Advisor by President George W. Bush on March 30, 2008. He was also Assistant to the President for Homeland Security and Counterterrorism and chaired the Homeland Security Council. He was appointed as the "National Continuity Coordinator" under the auspices of National Security Presidential Directive 51.[3]

Wainstein also serves as a member of the Blue Ribbon Study Panel on Biodefense, a group that encourages and advocates changes to government policy to spend more money on biodefense.[4]

In October 2020, Wainstein signed a letter, along with 19 other Republican-appointed former U.S. Attorneys, calling President Donald Trump "a threat to the rule of law in our country" and endorsing Joe Biden.[5]

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