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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.

Leadership and Organization

Alice Lugo, Assistant Secretary

Harlan Geer, Deputy Assistant Secretary - U.S. Senate

Alexandra Carnes, Deputy Assistant Secretary - 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 Jason Lamote
    Area of Responsibility:  Intelligence, Cyber, and Operations
  • Director Kara Lynum
    Area of Responsibility:  Oversight and Investigations
  • Director Michelle Blake
    Area of Responsibility:  Executive Secretary and Mission Support

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: August 13, 2021

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