John P. Walters

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John Walters
John Walters official photo.jpg
Director of the Office of National Drug Control Policy
In office
December 7, 2001 – January 20, 2009
President George W. Bush
Preceded by Ed Jurith (acting)
Succeeded by Ed Jurith (acting)
In office
January 20, 1993 – July 19, 1993
President Bill Clinton
Preceded by Bob Martinez
Succeeded by Lee Brown
Personal details
Born (1952-02-08) February 8, 1952 (age 66)
Political party Republican
Education Michigan State University (BA)
University of Toronto (MA)

John P. Walters (born February 8, 1952) is a former Director of the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP). He held that position from December 7, 2001 to January 20, 2009. As the U.S. "Drug Czar", Walters coordinated all aspects of federal anti-drug policies and spending.

In January 2009, Walters became the Executive Vice President of the Hudson Institute.


From 1989 to 1991, Walters was chief of staff for William Bennett and was Deputy Director for Supply Reduction from 1991 until leaving the office in 1993.

During the Reagan Administration, he served as Assistant to the Secretary at the U.S. Department of Education. He was also the Secretary's representative to the National Drug Policy Board and the Domestic Policy Council's Health Policy Working Group.

John Walters meets with President George W. Bush in 2004

Walters served as Acting Assistant Director and Program Officer in the Division of Education Programs at the National Endowment for the Humanities from 1982 to 1985. He has previously taught political science at Michigan State University's James Madison College and at Boston College. From 1996 until 2001 he served as president of the Philanthropy Roundtable.[1]

He holds a BA from Michigan State University's James Madison College and a MA from the University of Toronto.[2] His original nomination hearing was scheduled to be held on September 11 and had to rescheduled due to the terrorist attacks.


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Political offices
Preceded by
Bob Martinez
Director of the Office of National Drug Control Policy

Succeeded by
Lee Brown
Preceded by
Ed Jurith
Director of the Office of National Drug Control Policy
Succeeded by
Ed Jurith