Directors, Then and Now
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James B. Comey
September 4, 2013 - Present
On September 4, 2013, James B. Comey was sworn in as the seventh Director of the FBI.
A Yonkers, New York native, James Comey gained standing as a champion of the law early in his career. After graduating from the University of Chicago Law School, Comey returned to New York to join the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of New York as a junior attorney. There, he gained credibility by taking on numerous crimes, most notably organized crime, and served as the lead prosecutor in the case of the United States v. John Gambino, et al. Afterward, Comey became an assistant U.S. attorney in the Eastern District of Virginia, where he prosecuted the high-profile case that followed the 1996 terrorist attack on the U.S. military’s Khobar Towers in Khobar, Saudi Arabia.
Comey returned to New York to become the U.S. attorney for the Southern District of New York. At the end of 2003, he was tapped to be the deputy attorney general at the Department of Justice (DOJ) under then-U.S. Attorney General John Ashcroft and moved to the Washington, D.C. area.
Comey left DOJ in 2005 to serve as general counsel and senior vice president at defense contractor Lockheed Martin. Five years later, he joined Bridgewater Associates, a Connecticut-based investment fund, as its general counsel. In early 2013, Comey became a Lecturer in Law, a senior research scholar, and Hertog Fellow in National Security Law at Columbia Law School.