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Jonathan Meyer Confirmed by Senate as DHS General Counsel

Before entering private practice, he served as Deputy General Counsel and Senior Counselor at DHS.

President Biden’s nominee for general counsel at the Department of Homeland Security was confirmed by the Senate on a 51-47 vote Monday.

Sens. Shelley Moore Capito (R-W.Va.), Rand Paul (R-Ky.) and Rob Portman (R-Ohio) were the only Republicans to vote in favor of confirming Jonathan Meyer.

Meyer has been a partner at Sheppard, Mullin, Richter & Hampton LLP in Washington. Before entering private practice, he served as Deputy General Counsel and Senior Counselor at the United States Department of Homeland Security, where he advised the Secretary, Deputy Secretary, General Counsel, Chief of Staff, and other senior leaders of the 240,000-employee agency.

Prior to DHS, he served as Deputy Assistant Attorney General at the Department of Justice, Special Deputy General Counsel of Amtrak, and Counsel to Senator Joe Biden on the Senate Judiciary Committee, among other positions.

Originally from Cincinnati, Ohio, Meyer holds degrees from Harvard College, Columbia University School of Law, and Princeton University’s School of Public and International Affairs.

Meyer is a recipient of the Secretary of Homeland Security’s Outstanding Service Medal, the U.S. Secret Service Director’s Honor Award, a Department of Justice Award for Outstanding and Dedicated Service, and numerous other awards and honors.

This story has been updated from a previous version

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