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Denis McDonough
Secretary McDonough, official photo.jpg
11th United States Secretary of Veterans Affairs
Assumed office
February 9, 2021
PresidentJoe Biden
DeputyDonald Remy
Preceded byRobert Wilkie
26th White House Chief of Staff
In office
January 20, 2013 – January 20, 2017
PresidentBarack Obama
Preceded byJack Lew
Succeeded byReince Priebus
United States Deputy National Security Advisor
In office
October 20, 2010 – January 20, 2013
PresidentBarack Obama
Preceded byThomas E. Donilon
Succeeded byTony Blinken
Chief of Staff of the National Security Council
In office
October 20, 2009 – October 20, 2010
PresidentBarack Obama
LeaderJames Jones
Preceded byMark Lippert
Succeeded byBrooke Anderson
Personal details
Born
Denis Richard McDonough

(1969-12-02) December 2, 1969 (age 51)
Stillwater, Minnesota, U.S.
Political partyDemocratic
Spouse(s)Karin Hillstrom
Children3
EducationSt. 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.[1] 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.[2]

In December 2020, then President-elect Joe Biden nominated McDonough to serve as the United States Secretary of Veterans Affairs in his administration.[3] 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. [4]

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