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Homeland Security

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.

Leadership and Organization

M. Tia Johnson, Assistant Secretary

Connie LaRossa,  Deputy Assistant Secretary - U.S. House of Representatives

Sue Ramanathan, Deputy Assistant Secretary - U.S. Senate

Susan Corbin, Chief of Staff

  • Director LaVita LeGrys
    Area of Responsibility: Border Security, Immigration

  • Director Jerald 'Jay' Harper
    Area of Responsibility: Federal Emergency Management Agency, Transportation Security Administration

  • Acting Director Angela Kouters
    Area of Responsibility: National Protection and Programs Directorate, National Cybersecurity Center

  • Director Eddie Gleason
    Area of Responsibility: U.S. Coast Guard, U.S. Secret Service, Federal Law Enforcement Training Center

  • Director Brad Belzak
    Area of Responsibility: Office of Intelligence and Analysis

  • Acting Director Pete Ladowicz
    Area of Responsibility: Science and Technology Directorate, Office of Health Affairs, Domestic Nuclear Detection Office

  • Director Jeffrey T. Readinger
    Area of Responsibility: Management Directorate, Office of Small and Disadvantaged Business, Privacy Office, Civil Rights and Civil Liberties Office, Military Advisor to the Secretary

Learn More

Laws and Regulations

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: - 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 Published Date: April 19, 2016

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