Kate Comerford Todd

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Kate Todd
Deputy White House Counsel
In office
January 2019 – January 20, 2021
PresidentDonald Trump
Succeeded byStuart F. Delery
Danielle Conley
Jonathan Su
Personal details
Kathryn Louise Comerford

1974/1975 (age 48–49)
Spouse(s)Gordon D. Todd
EducationCornell University (BA)
Harvard University (JD)

Kathryn Comerford Todd (born c. 1975) is an American attorney and political advisor who served as the Deputy White House Counsel in the Trump administration from 2019 to 2021.


Todd was born Kathryn Louise Comerford.[1] Todd earned her Bachelor of Arts degree from Cornell University and her Juris Doctor, magna cum laude, from Harvard Law School, where she was executive editor of the Harvard Law Review.


Upon graduation from law school, she served as a law clerk to Judge J. Michael Luttig of the United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit and to Associate Justice Clarence Thomas of the Supreme Court of the United States, where she was a co-clerk with Eric D. Miller.[2]

Todd was a partner at Wiley Rein. From 2007 to 2009, she served as an Associate White House Counsel.[3] She later worked as Senior Vice President and Chief Counsel of the United States Chamber Litigation Center.[4] In 2019, she became Deputy Assistant to the President and Deputy Counsel to the President, where she focuses on judicial nominations.[2]

She is a member of the Federalist Society.[5] Todd has worked as an adjunct law professor at Cornell University in Washington and the George Washington University Law School.[6]

On September 9, 2020, Todd was announced as one of 20 additions to President Donald Trump's Supreme Court list.[7] After the death of Ruth Bader Ginsburg on September 19, 2020, Todd was mentioned as a possible successor.[8][9]

See also[edit]

  • Donald Trump Supreme Court candidates
  • List of law clerks of the Supreme Court of the United States


  1. "WEDDINGS/CELEBRATIONS; Kathryn Comerford, Gordon Todd". The New York Times. 2004-03-14. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved 2020-09-19.
  2. 2.0 2.1 "Additions to President Donald J. Trump's Supreme Court List". whitehouse.gov. September 9, 2020. Retrieved September 12, 2020. This article incorporates text from this source, which is in the public domain.
  3. "U.S. Chamber's Litigation Center Names Rachel Brand Chief Counsel for Regulatory Litigation and Kate Comerford Todd Chief Counsel for Appellate Litigation". United States Chamber of Commerce. May 31, 2011. Retrieved September 12, 2020.
  4. "Kate Comerford Todd Biography" (PDF). United States Chamber of Commerce. September 2017. Retrieved September 12, 2020.
  5. "StackPath". fedsoc.org. Retrieved 2020-09-19.
  6. Ruyle, Megan (2011-06-01). "Lobbying World". TheHill. Retrieved 2020-09-19.
  7. "The Names On Trump's List Of Potential Supreme Court Nominees". NPR.org. Retrieved 2020-09-19.
  8. "Sources: Trump Considers Barrett, Lagoa, Thapar For Supreme Court Spot". NPR.org. Retrieved 2020-09-19.
  9. "Who will replace Ruth Bader Ginsburg on Supreme Court? Here's Donald Trump's list". wusa9.com. Retrieved 2020-09-19.

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