President-elect Joe Biden will appoint Jake Sullivan of Portsmouth as his national security advisor.
Sullivan currently serves as a senior fellow and faculty member of the Carsey School of Public Policy at the University of New Hampshire.
In 2019, he was a Montgomery Fellow at Dartmouth College.
Sullivan previously served in the Obama administration, as then Vice-President Biden’s national security adviser. He also worked as director of policy planning at the U.S. Department of State.
The 43-year-old was part of the team of US officials to initiate outreach to Iran that led to the 2015 nuclear deal with that country.
In a tweet Monday, Sullivan said that Biden had “taught me what it takes to safeguard our national security at the highest levels of government.”
“In service, I will do everything in my power to keep our country safe.”
In a 2019 Seacoastonline column, Sullivan endorsed Biden for the presidency and criticized President Trump’s handling of national security.
“The bottom line is that Donald Trump has dug a deep hole for our country when it comes to national security, and we need a president who can take office in January 2021 and dig us out of it fast,” he wrote.
Last week, the President-elect also appointed Dana Remus, a New Hampshire native, to be counsel to the president. She served as general counsel of the Biden-Harris campaign.