18 Dec 2013

New Homeland Security

2:01 pm on 18 December 2013

A former Pentagon lawyer has been confirmed as the director of the US Department of Homeland Security.

Senators confirmed Jeh Johnson, the former general counsel for the defence department, by 78 votes to 16.

He will replace former chief Janet Napolitano, who left in September.

The department, which comprises 22 separate agencies, was created in response to the 9/11 terror attacks.

Mr Johnson was the Pentagon's general counsel from 2009 to 2012.