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Law Grad is New Transportation Security Boss

John Pistole, who turned a law degree from the IU School of Law-Indianapolis into the second-highest job in the FBI, is the country's newest director of the Transportation Security Administration (TSA).

Pistole (J.D. 1981), standing at right during a law school appearance, was confirmed in the new post June 25 after spending more than a quarter-century with the FBI (1983-2010), rising to become the deputy director of the bureau. During his career, he was heavily involved in fighting organized crime, but also has experience in counterterrorism, white-collar crime, international law enforcement, civil rights and information security.

The TSA is part of the Department of Homeland Security and is responsible for protecting the nation's transportation networks. Most notably, it safeguards airports and airplanes, mass-transit systems, seaports and more. The TSA was created in 2001, part of the response to the attacks of 9/11.

John Pistole speaks in the Wynne Courtroom in the Inlow Hall at IUPUI

John Pistole speaks in the Wynne Courtroom (Inlow Hall) at IUPUI.