James Murray, Director, United States Secret Service

James Murray

Director, United States Secret Service

James M. Murray was born in Jersey City, New Jersey. He earned an undergraduate degree from the University of Scranton and received a master’s degree from Seton Hall University.

He began his public service career as a law enforcement special agent and investigator with the Department of Transportation. He later joined the Secret Service as a special agent in the New York field office. He served on the FBI-NYPD Joint Terrorism Task Force following the 9/11/2001 attacks.

He became the Secret Service liaison to Congress and others on Capitol Hill. He served as the operational site supervisor for National Special Security Events, including the inauguration of President Barack Obama in 2009. He became the Acting Special Agent in Charge of the Secret Service’s Washington, D.C. field office, then was promoted to the position to lead the field office full time. He served as Deputy Assistant Director of Protective Operations and was active in the protection efforts of candidates in the 2016 presidential election and later at the inauguration of President Donald Trump.

In April 2019 President Donald Trump named Murray as the Director of the Secret Service, and he took office on May 1, 2019.

In the News…

Just before the attack on the Capitol on January 6, the Secret Service sent a warning to Capitol Police about possible violence. That same day, a separate email circulated within the Secret Service detailing more threats to the officers in D.C. on January 6.

Documents reviewed by a media outlet include emails from the Secret Service that shed light on intelligence lapses by the Capitol Police previously highlighted by both the department’s inspector general and a bipartisan report by Senate committees. Since then, the Capitol law enforcement agency has pledged reform and said it has made changes to ensure the effective sharing of intelligence.

One email said there was an individual who “was driving to DC, with gear and weapons, to include ballistic helmets, armored gloves, and vests, rifles and suppressors.” The email gave specifics about the traveler’s motives and acknowledged “the possibility of violence if approached by counter-protesters.” It included a screenshot of a Facebook post from one of the people in question.

Investigations into January 6th events are ongoing.

Contact this Leader…

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

Director James Murray
United States Secret Service
950 H St NW #7800
Washington, DC 20223


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