20 Facts About Denis McDonough


Denis Richard McDonough was born on December 2,1969 and is an American government official serving as the eleventh United States Secretary of Veterans Affairs under President Joe Biden since 2021.


Denis McDonough then served as White House chief of staff for the full second term of President Barack Obama from 2013 to 2017.


Denis McDonough was the second-longest-serving Democrat to serve as the chief of staff since John R Steelman in 1946, and the longest since Andrew Card during the first and second terms of the George W Bush administration.


Denis McDonough was born on December 2,1969, in Stillwater, Minnesota.


Denis McDonough was one of 11 children in a devout Irish Catholic family, his grandparents having emigrated from Connemara in the Gaeltacht.


Denis McDonough graduated from Stillwater Area High School in 1988, then attended Saint John's University in Collegeville, Minnesota He played safety on the Johnnies football team for Hall of Fame coach John Gagliardi and was a member of teams that won two conference titles in the Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference.


In 1996, McDonough earned an MSFS degree at Georgetown University's Edmund A Walsh School of Foreign Service.


From 1996 to 1999, Denis McDonough worked as an aide for the United States House Committee on Foreign Affairs, where he focused on Latin America.


Denis McDonough then served as a senior foreign policy advisor to Senator Tom Daschle.


Denis McDonough was a senior fellow at the Center for American Progress in 2004.


Lippert recruited Denis McDonough to serve as his replacement during his deployment to Iraq.


Denis McDonough continued to serve as a senior foreign policy advisor to Obama during his 2008 presidential campaign.


Denis McDonough served as National Security Council chief of staff.


On October 20,2010, Obama announced that McDonough would replace Thomas E Donilon as Deputy National Security Advisor, who had been promoted to succeed General James L Jones as National Security Advisor.


Denis McDonough was seen in photos of the White House Situation Room taken during the monitoring of the May 2011 SEAL operation in Pakistan that resulted in the Osama bin Laden's death.


In February 2013 Denis McDonough urged lawmakers to quickly confirm Chuck Hagel and John O Brennan to their posts in Obama's national security team, expressing "grave concern" about the delays.


Denis McDonough served as White House chief of staff through the end of Obama's second term, which ended on January 20,2017.


In 2017, Denis McDonough joined the Markle Foundation, a nonprofit that aims to "transform America's outdated labor market to reflect the needs of the digital economy," boost employment opportunities, and expand job training for Americans.


Denis McDonough is a professor of the practice at Notre Dame's Keough School of Global Affairs and a visiting senior fellow in Carnegie's Technology and International Affairs Program.


Denis McDonough appeared before the Senate Veterans' Affairs Committee on January 27,2021.