Brian L. Stafford


Brian L. Stafford was appointed as the 20th Director of the United States Secret Service on March 4 1999, continuing the tradition of the agency’s lead executive being drawn from the ranks of its career agents. This unique tradition is part of the Secret Service’s proud history, which dates back to 1865.

Mr. Stafford safeguarded Presidents Nixon, Ford, Carter, Reagan, Bush and Clinton, and served as Director under both President Clinton and President George W. Bush. Before being named Director, he held the key positions of Special Agent in Charge of the Presidential Protective Division and Assistant Director of Protective Operations where he oversaw all security operations for the agency.


Mr. Stafford earned a B.A. in Business Administration and an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters from the University of Mount Union in Alliance, Ohio, where he served as a trustee. He also continued his education at the University of Pennsylvania, The Wharton School.


Prior to joining the Secret Service, Mr. Stafford served in the United States Army and completed a tour of duty in Vietnam where he earned the Bronze Star. He is a recipient of the Most Distinguished American Award from the Marine Corps Law Enforcement Foundation and the Distinguished Patriot Award from the Sons of the Revolution.


Mr. Stafford serves as the Vice Chairman of LexisNexis Special Services Incorporated.  He also is an advisor to McKinley Capital Management, HandySoft Global Solutions, and Intific. He was formerly Chairman of Seisint Incorporated and the Vice Chairman of The National Center for Missing and Exploited Children.

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