James Comey, born on December 14, 1960, started his career as a lawyer and headed the most prestigious law enforcement agency in the U.S. He also worked with prestigious companies between his various stints in government employment. His tenure as F.B.I. director was also one of the most tumultuous in the agency’s history. However, investigations into his tenure have shown that he did nothing wrong. After leaving the F.B.I., he became part of the academy, teaching leadership courses at his alma mater. We will help you celebrate this intelligent lawyer’s special day right here.
James Brien Comey, Jr.
December 14, 1960
James Brien Comey, Jr. was born on December 14, 1960, in Yonkers, New York. His parents are Joan Marie Comey and James Brien Comey. His zodiac sign is Sagittarius, and he has Irish ancestry. His family moved from New York to Allendale, New Jersey, in the 1970s, and he attended Northern Highlands Regional High School in Allendale, New Jersey. He studied chemistry and religion at the College of William & Mary in Williamsburg, Virginia, and graduated in 1982. He proceeded to the University of Chicago Law School, where he bagged a law degree in 1985. He served as a law clerk for the United States District Judge in Manhattan.
In 1987, two years after graduating from law school, Comey became an assistant U.S. attorney for the Southern District of New York. He worked for Rudolph W. Giuliani until 1993, when he moved to Virginia to become a partner at the law firm McGuireWoods, LLP. After working at the law firm for three years, Comey returned to government employment.
He became an assistant U.S. attorney for the Eastern District of Virginia in 1996, and he was promoted to U.S. attorney and put in charge of the New York Southern District in 2002. He became deputy attorney-general in 2003 and even served as acting attorney-general in 2004.
Comey left his job at the Department of Justice in 2005 to become general counsel for Lockheed Martin Corporation, the largest defense contractor, and left in 2010 to serve as general counsel at Bridgewater Associates, the then-largest hedge fund. He held that job until 2013 when he was sworn in as the seventh director of the F.B.I., a job he held until 2017.
Comey completes his study of law at the University of Chicago.
He becomes an assistant attorney-general in the New York Southern District Office under Giuliani.
He is promoted to U.S. attorney and heads the New York Southern District Office.
One year after becoming a U.S. attorney, he gets another promotion, becoming deputy attorney-general.
After an eight-year stint in the private sector, he returns to government employment and becomes the F.B.I. director.
Why We Love James Comey
He advocates against sexual abuse
Comey is a big supporter of the National CASA/GAL Association for Children. He actively participates in events that help create awareness for children who have experienced sexual abuse or neglect.
He makes the family happy
From starting yoga with his wife at 60 to lying in the sand with his grandson — Comey does things that make others happy. We love his attitude toward the happiness of others.
He supports electing more women
Statistically, women are half of the population, and they should get good representation — Comey advocates for electing more women into decision-making roles. We absolutely support his argument.
5 Surprising Facts
He is a “Ted Lasso” fan
Comey is a big fan of the leadership traits displayed in the “Ted Lasso” T.V. show.
He was a crime victim
He was a victim of a home break-in when he was 15.
He does not like confederate statues
Comey advocates that many confederate statues and symbols should be torn down.
He is an author
He published a book, titled "Saving Justice: Truth, Transparency, and Trust," in 2021.
He is an M.L.K. fan
Comey admired Martin Luther King, Jr. and even instituted an exercise for new F.B.I. recruits to visit the King Memorial.
James Comey FAQs
Who is James Comey's wife?
Comey’s wife is Patrice Failor. They got married in 1987.
What party does James Comey support?
Comey is nonaffiliated and identifies as “independent.” However, he used to be a Republican.
Why is James Comey so famous?
Comey became famous for leading the F.B.I.’s investigation into Hillary Clinton’s use of a private email server while serving as secretary of state. He also generated a lot of controversy while serving under the government of Donald Trump.
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