John Bolton is an American attorney, political commentator, Republican consultant, and former diplomat who was the 27th National Security Advisor of the United States from April 9 2018, to September 10, 2019.
Bolton was the United States Ambassador to the United Nations from August 2005 to December 2006 as a recess appointee by President George W. Bush. Similarly, he resigned at the end of his recess appointment in December 2006 because he was unlikely to win confirmation from the Senate, of which the Democratic Party had gained control at the time.
Bolton was born on November 20, 1948, in Baltimore, Maryland. He was the son of Virginia Clara “Ginny” (née Godfrey), a housewife, and Edward Jackson “Jack” Bolton, a Baltimore City fireman. Similarly, Bolton grew up in the working-class neighbourhood of Yale Heights. And he won a scholarship to the McDonogh School in Owings Mills, Maryland, graduating since 1966. Bolton also ran the school’s Students For Goldwater campaign in 1964.
Education and Early Career
Bolton attended Yale University, earning a B.A. and graduating summa cum laude in 1970. He was a member of the Yale Political Union. Likewise, he attended Yale Law School from 1971 to 1974, where he shared classes with his friend Clarence Thomas, earning a J.D. since 1974.
In 1972, Bolton was a summer intern for Vice President Spiro Agnew. He was hired for the position by David Keene.
Career in Attorney
From 1974 to 1981, Bolton was an associate at the Washington, D.C. office of Covington & Burling; he returned to the firm again from 1983 to 1985. Bolton was also a partner in the law firm of Lerner, Reed, Bolton & McManus, from 1993 to 1999. He was of counsel in the Washington office of Kirkland & Ellis from 2008 until his appointment as National Security Advisor since 2018. Since, September 2015, Freedom Capital Investment Management appointed Bolton as a senior advisor.
He declared himself in an interview with Edward Luce of the Financial Times since 2007. And that was to be a “Goldwater conservative”, as opposed to being a neoconservative. Similarly, Bolton also pointed out that he was a follower of Edmund Burke. He also said “I have always been a conservative. The idea of big-government conservatism has more neocon adherents than from unmodified conservatives.”
Bolton tied a knot to Gretchen Smith Bolton, a financial planner with AXA Advisors. Together they have a daughter, Jennifer, and reside in Bethesda, Maryland. He is a Lutheran.
- Full Name: John Robert Bolton
- Date of Birth: November 20, 1948
- Age: 70
- Birth Place: Baltimore, Maryland, U.S.
- Political party: Republican
- Children: 1
- Education: Yale University (BA, JD)
- Height: 1.71 m
- Office: National Security Advisor of the United States since 2018
- Previous offices: United States Ambassador to the United Nations (since 2005–2006), etc.
- Spouse: Christine Bolton (since m. 1972–1983), Gretchen Smith Bolton
- Net Worth: $6 million
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