Obama pleased with confirmation of Jeh Johnson as secretary of Homeland Security

 

President Barack Obama said on Monday that he is pleased with the bipartisan Senate confirmation of Jeh Johnson as the secretary of Homeland Security.

"In Jeh, our dedicated homeland security professionals will have a strong leader with a deep understanding of the threats we face and a proven ability to work across agencies and complex organizations to keep America secure," Obama said.

Obama said that Johnson has been a critical member of the national security team, and as secretary, Johnson will lead efforts against terrorist attacks, adapt to changing threats and prepare for national disasters.

Johnson's role will include strengthening border security and he will play a role in reforming the U.S.'s immigration system, while keeping in mind America's values, liberties and laws.

"I look forward to Jeh's counsel and sound judgment for years to come," Obama said.

Johnson has been a member of the Department of Defense General Counsel since February 2009. He has taken part in high-profile discussions such as Wikileaks and "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" policy.

"I hope to be a visible leader [and] remind people of the importance of the overriding, unifying mission of homeland security," Johnson said, according to the Washington Post.

Johnson is the fourth person to hold the position of secretary of Homeland Security.