John S. Pistole was sworn in as the Administrator of the Transportation Security Administration in July 2010. He leads a 60,000-strong workforce, the security operations of more than 450 airports throughout the United States, the Federal Air Marshal Service, and shared security for highways, railroads, ports, mass transit systems and pipelines.
Under his leadership, TSA will continue to transform as a risk-based, intelligence-driven counterterrorism agency dedicated to protecting our transportation systems.
Pistole came to TSA as a 26-year veteran of the FBI with extensive national security and counterterrorism experience. After the attacks of September 11, 2001, he was placed in charge of the FBI’s counterterrorism program, eventually becoming the FBI’s Executive Assistant Director for national security. In 2004, Pistole was named Deputy Director for the FBI.
He has led or been involved in several high profile investigations, including the attempted car bombing in Times Square on May 1, 2010; the December 25, 2009, attempted attack on Northwest Flight 253; the plot against New York City subways in 2009; the 2006 UK liquid explosives plot; the 2005 London Tube bombings; and the May 2003 suicide bombings of three housing compounds in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia.
Pistole began his career as a special agent with the FBI in 1983, serving in the Minneapolis and New York divisions before his promotion to supervisor in the organized crime section at FBI headquarters in Washington, D.C. In 1999, as Assistant Special Agent in Charge in Boston, he helped lead the investigation and recovery efforts of the Egypt Air Flight 990 crash off the coast of Rhode Island.
In 2007, Pistole received the Edward H. Levi Award for Outstanding Professionalism and Exemplary Integrity. He is a recipient of the 2005 Presidential Rank Award for Distinguished Executive.
Pistole practiced law for two years prior to joining the FBI. He is a graduate of Anderson University (Indiana) and Indiana University School of Law in Indianapolis. He is married and has two daughters.