Biden taps Minnesota native as next National Security Advisor

WASHINGTON – A Minnesota native already runs the White House staff. Now another will become the top national security aide to Vice President Joe Biden.

Biden named Jake Sullivan to be his new National Security Advisor on Tuesday. Sullivan, who’s from Minneapolis, comes to the White House from the State Department, where he served as the head of the highly influential Policy Planning Department and also worked as former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s deputy chief of staff.

Sullivan also worked on Clinton’s 2008 presidential campaign and served briefly as U.S. Sen. Amy Klobuchar’s chief counsel. Before entering politics, Sullivan was a Rhodes Scholar in the United Kingdom and worked as an associate for the Minneapolis law firm Faegre & Benson while teaching classes on the side at the University of St. Thomas Law School.

Last month President Obama named Stillwater native Denis McDonough as White House chief of staff.