This Tuesday, Heritage’s Chief Legal Officer John Mitnick was nominated to be General Counsel of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. The Senate Homeland Security Committee approved his nomination on Wednesday.

The General Counsel acts as chief legal officer of the Department, responsible for all legal determinations and overseeing all the department’s attorneys. He also acts as the Department’s regulatory policy officer, managing the rule-making program and ensuring that all Department of Homeland Security regulatory actions comply with relevant statutes and executive orders.

Mitnick served as Heritage’s Chief Legal Officer on the senior management team. He advised and oversaw all legal, regulatory, and compliance matters for Heritage and it’s related organizations, and acted as legal advisor and primary staff liaison to Heritage’s Board of Trustees.

Before coming to Heritage, Mitnick was an Associate Counsel to President George W. Bush in the White House, as well as Deputy Counsel for the Homeland Security Council. He also served as the Associate General Counsel for Science and Technology at the Department of Homeland Security.

The wealth of experience and expertise he brings to this position will be of inestimable value to both the administration and the country.

The administration’s preference for Heritage experts is not unprecedented. Former Heritage Chief of Staff and retired Army lieutenant colonel Mark Esper was nominated to Army Secretary by President Trump two months ago. Esper is currently the Vice President of government relations at Raytheon.

Esper’s knowledge of government and defense is both broad and deep. He was a Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense during the George W. Bush administration and the policy director for the House Armed Services Committee. He also served as the Director of national security affairs and is a veteran of the Gulf War.

“This nominee for Army secretary is the real deal — he’s got Army experience, he’s got business experience, he’s got a Ph.D.,” said Sen. David Perdue, R-Ga., a top Trump ally on the Armed Services Committee in The Washington Examiner. “But I just found him to be very engaged, very knowledgeable and he’s got the real passion that we need in that job.”

Although Esper’s confirmation hearing has yet to be scheduled, he has met with several Armed Services members, indicating that a hearing date is coming soon.

Please join me in congratulating John Mitnick and Mark Esper on their nominations.

Comments (27)

Nancy Norton - October 8, 2017

My congratulations!!!

Angel L. Riguero Sr. - October 8, 2017

America is in right track under President
Trump……..a great choice the nominations
of patriots and truly Americans like Mr
Mitnik and Mr. Esper…….members of the
Heritage Foundation…is all we need to help
our President….To Make America Great

Dave Freitag - October 8, 2017

Kudos to Mr. Mitnik, Mr. Esper, and the Heritage Foundation! It seems America is getting back on track under President Trump.

Mrs. Phyllis Eix - October 8, 2017

Without actually knowing either nominee, I am confident of all their qualifications to serve this administration because of their affiliation with the Heritage Foundation.
May they serve with distinction, and make us proud

Brenda Strauch - October 8, 2017

Congratulations to you both! I will pray for you and yours, that in this political battle-heated environment the toll of confirmation and office will not be too heavy upon you.

Gordon Humphrey - October 8, 2017

This is great news!

Ken Struttmann - October 8, 2017

Hope these Heritage people can “drain the swamp”. What are we waiting for? Pres. Obama fired some employees the first day in office. Our patience is waning. Pres. Trump promised he would “drain the swamp’????

Sheryl Graham - October 8, 2017

Your nominations further bolster my pride in this country. I believe in my heart that we have a president who really wants to make us great again. I pray for your safekeeping and ask for wisdom for you as you work to bring this nation back to the vision of our founding fathers. God bless America through these men.

Saundra L Finleon - October 8, 2017

Thanks for your past notable achievements and congratulations on your nomination.
I know you will help President Trump in his quest to “Make America Great, Again”

Judith Tuttle - October 8, 2017

We appreciate your experience and expertise to be a benefit to the Heritaqe Foundation. Thanks for your enthusiasm and ambitious goals!

Bonnie Smith - October 8, 2017

So pleased with both choices .
Heritage background sure tells us
Who they are . Good job Mr.
President .
Bonnie Smith

Joanne Kensinger - October 8, 2017

Thanksgivings to God for leading these men in their lives to prepare themselves for these positions and for their willingness to use their expertise for the United States.

Helen DeBalzo Green - October 8, 2017

Gentlemen bless you…You have your work cut out for you.


Helen`Kaufman - October 8, 2017

Congratulations to both of you!! Glad to hear of your appointments!!

Lynette Heidemann - October 8, 2017

Thanks to God for leading these men in their lives for preparing themselves for these positions and for their willingness to use their expertise for the United States. Thank you & sincere congratulations.
God bless America

Lynette Heidemann - October 8, 2017

Thank you God for leading these men in their lives for preparing themselves for these positions & for their willingness to use their expertise for the United States. Thank you & sincere congratulations!
God bless America

Cyndi - October 9, 2017

I hope you are a BIG help during these trying times.

Fred Garner - October 9, 2017

Because I trust Heritage I know both of you
have the courage, the fortitude, and the knowledge to face down our adversaries as

PATRICIA E MILBY - October 9, 2017

I hope they both get confirmed. It has been an uphill battle for Trump. Pray for Donald & family & America. Tho not perfect, He is my President! PS, stop the pesticides & chemicals in our food.

John Ross - October 9, 2017

It is good to see these 2 men taking a place in our government, nominated as a result of their expertise and experience, not as good old boys of some aged politician. Thank you Heritage for leading the way.

Robert & Faye Mortenson - October 9, 2017

Congratulations to these two remarkable and accomplished men. We wish God’s blessing on you.

Steve Wohl - October 9, 2017

Congrats to you guys. If you come from Heritage it is a given that you are more than qualified. Congrats.

Joseph Stewart Sr. - October 9, 2017

I send congratulations and best wishes. May they contribute to this great nation and the Heritage Foundation continues to honor our progenitors’ legacy.

Colleen Waugh - October 10, 2017

Congratulations on your nominations for being a part of the Trump Administration. I am confident, knowing your background experience and your association with the Heritage Foundation, puts us, “we the people” in good stead! Thank you for accepting the call to serve with our Commander In Chief, President Trump. Together we will all Make America Great Again, and we already have a great start!

Mona - October 10, 2017

So glad to see conservatives in the government.
Now, let’s remove FEMA from the Homeland Security Department, allowing the funds to flow to the disaster areas more quickly and reduce the cost.

Tina Bogani - October 11, 2017

Congratulations to Mr. Mitnick, Mr. Esper and to Heritage Foundation! We are so fortunate to have such great minds and powerful patriots on our side! Wishing you all the best getting our country back on track and Making America Great Again!!!

Renee Szabo - October 12, 2017

Thank God that these men are helping President Trump!

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