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M. Tia Johnson

M. Tia Johnson

As Assistant Secretary for Legislative Affairs, M. Tia Johnson acts as the Department of Homeland Security’s principal liaison with the U.S. Congress, coordinating and overseeing the Department’s legislative activity, working closely with authorization, appropriations, and oversight committees of the House and Senate to ensure that the Department’s priorities are reflected throughout the legislative and oversight process, and advises the Secretary, Deputy Secretary, and other senior leadership on legislative matters. Prior to her appointment as Assistant Secretary, Ms. Johnson was the Senior Advisor to the Director, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE). In her role as Senior Advisor, Ms. Johnson was a key executive on the Director’s management team, advising the Director on complex and sensitive matters that directly impact the Agency. She developed and recommended strategies and plans to enhance ICE’s goals and objectives. Ms. Johnson is a recently retired U.S. Army Judge Advocate specializing in international and national security law. In 2002, she became the first African-American female to be selected to the rank of Colonel in the U.S. Army’s Judge Advocate General’s Corps’ 227-year history. In her final assignment, she served as the Senior Military Assistant to the Department of Defense General Counsel. Before that, she served as the Special Assistant for Legal and International Security Affairs in the DoD Office of Legislative Affairs.