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Jones to announce resignation today, Donilon to replace him

A White House official confirms to The Cable that National Security Advisor Jim Jones will announce today that he is leaving his post and the administration. He will be succeeded by his deputy Tom Donilon, the official said. President Obama will make the announcement later Friday afternoon in  remarks in the White House rose garden, ...

A White House official confirms to The Cable that National Security Advisor Jim Jones will announce today that he is leaving his post and the administration. He will be succeeded by his deputy Tom Donilon, the official said.

President Obama will make the announcement later Friday afternoon in  remarks in the White House rose garden, the official said. The Jones resignation will take effect in two weeks, Politico reported.

Since Donilon started his political career as a 24 year old working at the 1980 Democratic National Convention. He worked for then Senate Juciary Committee chairman Joseph Biden and subsequently worked on the presidential campaigns of Michael Dukakis, Bill Clinton, and later Barack Obama. 

During the Clinton administration, Donilon served as chief spokesman and assistant secretary of State for public affairs under Secretary of State Warren Christopher and received the Secretary of State’s Distinguished Service Awardin 1996. On Obama’s transition team, he was tasked with the vetting of State Department candidates.

Donilon is married to Cathy Russel, chief of staff to Jill Biden. His brother Mike is Counselor to Vice President Biden. He hails from Providence, Rhode Island and has two children.

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