President Donald Trump will nominate lawyer and former Bush administration official John Sullivan to serve as Rex Tillerson’s No. 2 at the State Department, the White House announced Tuesday.
Sullivan, a partner of for Mayer Brown LLP, a Washington, D.C. based law firm, served as Deputy Secretary of Commerce under former President George W. Bush until 2009. Before that, he served as general counsel from 2005 to 2007.
The White House noted Sullivan co-chairs Mayer Brown’s national security practice and serves as chairman of the United States-Iraq Business Dialogue, a committee aimed at boosting economic relations between the two countries.
As Tillerson’s No. 2 at the State Department, Sullivan will bring substantial federal government experience to the Trump administration, despite never having served for State.
Beyond his stints with the Commerce Department, Sullivan also served as general counsel for the Defense Department and as a legal assistant to former Assistant Attorney General Michael Luttig at the Justice Department under former President George H.W. Bush.
The White House on Tuesday also announced plans for several other federal nominations, including Marshall Billingslea as Assistant Secretary for Terrorist Financing for the Treasury Department, Gilbert Kaplan for Under Secretary of Commerce for International Trade and John Marshall Mitnick for General Counsel at the Department of Homeland Security University.