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Office of Legislative Affairs

The Office of Legislative Affairs serves as primary liaison to Members of Congress and their congressional staff. The office responds to inquiries from Congress; notifies Congress about Department initiatives, policies, and programs; and keeps the Department’s senior leaders informed about the activities of Congress.

The Office of Legislative Affairs enhances the ability of the Department to prevent, protect against and respond to threats and hazards to the nation, as well as to ensure safe and secure borders, by providing timely information about the Department of Homeland Security to Members of Congress, working with the White House and within the Executive Branch.

Zephranie Buetow, Assistant Secretary

Stephanie Doherty, Deputy Assistant Secretary - U.S. Senate

Cursten Knott, Deputy Assistant Secretary (acting) - U.S. House of Representatives

Chloe Himmel, Chief of Staff

  • Director Emily Hymowitz
    Area of Responsibility:  Headquarters
  • Director Avi Arditti
    Area of Responsibility:  Operational Component Coordination
  • Director Kevin Franklin (acting)
    Area of Responsibility:  Intelligence, Cyber, and Operations
  • Director Shiek Pal
    Area of Responsibility:  Oversight and Investigations
  • Director Michelle Blake
    Area of Responsibility:  Executive Secretary and Mission Support

By mail or phone:

U.S. Department of Homeland Security
Office of Legislative Affairs
Mail Stop 0020
Washington, D.C. 20528

Phone: 202-447-5890
Fax: 202-447-5437

By e-mail:

CongresstoDHS@hq.dhs.gov - If you are a member of Congress or with a Congressional Office and wish to only get a letter to the Secretary’s Office please e-mail this address.

Last Updated: 10/26/2023
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