Christopher Wray, Director, Federal Bureau of Investigation

Christopher Wray

Director, Federal Bureau of Investigation

Christopher Asher Wray was born in December 1967 in New York City. He attended the Buckley School and the private boarding school Phillips Academy in Andover, Massachusetts. Wray graduated from Yale University and earned his Juris Doctor at Yale Law School. He spent a year clerking at the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit.

He joined government service as an Assistant U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of Georgia. In 2003, President George W. Bush nominated Wray to be the Assistant Attorney General in charge of the Criminal Division of the Justice Department. He was unanimously confirmed by the Senate, and served in that position for two years.

Wray spent the next two years in the private practice of law, representing several Fortune 500 companies.

In June 2017, President Donald Trump nominated Wray to be Director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation. He was confirmed by the Senate with bipartisan support. He assumed his post in August 2017.

Wray is married to Helen Garrison Howell, and they have two children.

In the News…

FBI Director Christopher Wray said that China is the greatest threat to the United States economy and America’s democratic principles, warning about the dangers posed by Chinese trade theft and espionage.

“There’s no country that presents a broader, more comprehensive threat to America’s innovation, to our economic security, and to our democratic ideas that China does,” he said in an interview.

“The FBI has over 2,000 active investigations that trace back to the government in China,” Director Wray said, noting that they represent “about a 300 percent increase in terms of economic espionage investigations with a Chinese nexus from about a decade ago.”

He claimed the bureau is “opening a new counterintelligence investigation that ties back to China every 10 hours.”

He added that the Chinese government is “pursuing a campaign of intellectual property theft, economic espionage, cyber intrusions that target businesses, big and small, all across the country, and our academic research institutions.” Wray said that Beijing operates “not just through traditional government officials, which they certainly do, but also through what we sometimes call nontraditional collectors—which can mean businessmen, high-level scientists, high-level academics… all of whom are in different ways incentivized to steal American innovation and confidential information and take it back to China.”

Contact this Leader…

Did you pray for Director Wray today? You can let him know at:

The Honorable Christopher Wray, Director
Federal Bureau of Investigation
935 Pennsylvania Ave. NW
Washington, DC 20535


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