Jeh Johnson


Jeh Johnson

American lawyer, former United States Secretary of Homeland Security

Jeh Johnson’s career has been a mixture of public service and private corporate law practice, and he is now a partner with the law firm of Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison, LLP, resident in the firm’s New York and Washington, DC offices.

Johnson was Secretary of Homeland Security from December 2013 to January 2017. His responsibilities as Secretary of Homeland Security included counter-terrorism, cybersecurity, aviation security, border security, port security, maritime security, the detection of chemical, biological and nuclear threats to the United States. 

In three years as Secretary of DHS, Johnson is credited with management reform of the Department which brought about a more centralized approach to decision-making in the areas of budgets, acquisition and overall policy. In October 1998, Johnson was appointed by President Clinton to be General Counsel of the Department of the Air Force, and served in until January 2001. Earlier in his career, Johnson was an Assistant United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York (1989-1991).

Jeh Johnson participated at The Common Good Forum 2017 on May 12, 2017, speaking on “Homeland Security in the Trump Years”. He also spoke alongside Representative Adam Schiff in The Russia Investigation with Congressman Adam Schiff and Secretary Jeh Johnson, and moderated a conversation at The Common Good with Michael Morell in 2018: Special Discussion with Michael Morell - March 1, 2018.

Johnson currently serves as a member of The Common Good Honorary Advisory Board.