A skillful survivor
Last March, however, Townsend made a $2,000 contribution to the Bush-Cheney re-election campaign, just two days after Rice's former counterterrorism coordinator Richard Clarke--another Clinton holdover--excoriated Bush's counterterrorism record during the 9/11 commission hearings. Townsend's contribution was widely viewed as a pledge of loyalty to Bush. Whether it was or not, Townsend, once again, is in line for another move up.
Born: Dec. 28, 1961
Family: Married. Two sons, 9 and 3
Education: B.A., American Univ.; J.D., University of San Diego
Public service: Brooklyn DA's office, '85-'88; Justice Dept., '88-'01; Coast Guard, '01-'03; dep. natl. sec. adviser/terrorism, '03-'04; president's homeland security adviser, '04-present