You’ll hear a lot about Jeh Johnson, President Obama’s pick to head the Department of Homeland Security, in the coming weeks. Drones (he’s defended them) and “don’t ask don’t tell” (he’s against), mostly.
But here are a few things about the Pentagon lawyer you might not know:
- His name is pronounced “Jay.”
- He and his wife, Susan DiMarco, met as children, but started dating only after Johnson visited her dental practice. He “endured three years of dental work before she agreed to a date with him,” according to their wedding announcement in the New York Times.
- His uncle, 2d Lt Robert B. Johnson, was one of the famed Tuskegee airmen.
-During his freshman year at Morehouse College, his grade-point average was a “dismal 1.8.”
- His grandfather, Charles S. Johnson, a prominent sociologist and participant in the Harlem Renaissance, was the president of Fisk University.
- He was once a law partner of the late Ted Sorensen, John F. Kennedy’s speechwriter. Johnson called him “one of my personal heroes.”
- He once said in an interview that in his next life, he’d like to be an “NYC subway motorman, preferably the #7 Flushing line.”
- His birthday is Sept. 11.