United States National Security Advisor, 2013 - 2017
Susan Elizabeth Rice (born November 17, 1964) is an American public official who was the 24th United States National Security Advisor from 2013 to 2017. She was a Brookings Institution fellow and U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations. She served on the staff of the National Security Council and as Assistant Secretary of State for African Affairs during President Bill Clinton's second term. She was confirmed as UN ambassador by the U.S. Senate by unanimous consent on January 22, 2009. Mentioned as a possible replacement for retiring Secretary of State Hillary Clinton in 2012, Rice withdrew from consideration following controversy related to the 2012 attack on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi, saying that if she were nominated, "the confirmation process would be lengthy, disruptive, and costly." She succeeded Tom Donilon as National Security Advisor on July 1, 2013.