Assistant Secretary Christine M. Ciccone leads the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Office of Legislative Affairs. In this role, she serves as the Secretary’s principal point of contact for interactions with the United States Congress. In addition, she ensures that the Department’s legislative initiatives are coordinated throughout DHS and with interagency partners.
Prior to joining DHS, Ms. Ciccone served as the Deputy Chief of Staff and Senior Advisor to the U.S. Secretary of State. She began her government career working in the Senate for her home state Senator Warren B. Rudman of New Hampshire. Ms. Ciccone worked on three Senate Committees under the leadership of Senator Ted Stevens having last served as the Assistant Staff Director and General Counsel for the Appropriations Committee. Ms. Ciccone was subsequently appointed by President George W. Bush as a Special Assistant in the Office of Legislative Affairs at the White House. After leaving the White House, Ms. Ciccone served in the private sector in a variety of executive positions.
Ms. Ciccone is a graduate of the University of New Hampshire where she obtained a B.A in Political Science with a minor in Economics. She also holds a J.D. from George Washington University, and an M.A. from the United States Naval War College in National Security and Strategic Studies.