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Denis McDonough
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11th United States Secretary of Veterans Affairs
Assumed office
February 9, 2021
President Joe Biden
Preceded by Robert Wilkie
26th White House Chief of Staff
In office
January 20, 2013 – January 20, 2017
President Barack Obama
Preceded by Jack Lew
Succeeded by Reince Priebus
United States Deputy National Security Advisor
In office
October 20, 2010 – January 20, 2013
President Barack Obama
Preceded by Thomas E. Donilon
Succeeded by Tony Blinken
Chief of Staff of the National Security Council
In office
October 20, 2009 – October 20, 2010
President Barack Obama
Leader James Jones
Preceded by Mark Lippert
Succeeded by Brooke Anderson
Personal details
Born
Denis Richard McDonough

(1969-12-02) December 2, 1969 (age 52)
Stillwater, Minnesota, U.S.
Political party Democratic
Spouse(s) Karin Hillstrom
Children 3
Education St. John's University, Minnesota (BA)
Georgetown University (MS)

Denis Richard McDonough (born December 2, 1969) is an American politician. He is the 11th and current United States Secretary of Veterans Affairs since February 9, 2021. McDonough is the second non-veteran to serve in this position. He is a member of the Democratic Party.

He was the 26th White House Chief of Staff from 2013 to 2017 during the Barack Obama presidency.

In December 2020, then President-elect Joe Biden nominated McDonough to serve as the United States Secretary of Veterans Affairs in his administration. On February 8, 2021, the United States Senate confirmed McDonough to be Secretary of the VA in a vote of 87-7, with 6 senators absent.




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