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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

Christine Ciccone, Assistant Secretary

Vince Micone, Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary (acting), and Chief of Staff (acting)

David Wonnenberg, Deputy Assistant Secretary - U.S. Senate

Uyen Dinh, Deputy Assistant Secretary - U.S. House of Representatives

Jon Foltz, Senior Legislative Advisor

John Lange, Director of Strategic Legislative Communications and Engagement

  • Director Emily Hymowitz
    Area of Responsibility:  Headquarters
  • Director James M. Phillips
    Area of Responsibility:  Border Security and Immigration 
  • Director (acting) Russell Vieco
    Area of Responsibility:  Emergency Management, Aviation, and Law Enforcement 
  • Director (acting) Jeffrey Nusraty
    Area of Responsibility:  Intelligence and Cyber
  • Director Samantha Ammons
    Area of Responsibility:  Operations Support

View the Office of Legislative Affairs Organizational Chart

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: September 20, 2018

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