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The Office coordinates the presentation of the Department’s legislative and budget programs to the Congress. It monitors and responds to the DOT-related activities of the Department’s Congressional oversight, authorizing, and appropriations committees. It is also the principal Departmental advocate before Congress for DOT’s legislative initiatives and other legislative matters. In this regard, the Office ensures that all testimony and responses to Congressional inquiries are consistent with the Secretary’s and the Administration’s views.

The Office is also responsible for developing constructive, working relationships with state and locally elected officials and their associations such as the National Governors Association, the National Association of Counties, the National Conference of State Legislatures, and the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials.  Equally as important, the Office cultivates and enhances relations with national and local organizations, public and private groups, and state organizations to promote DOT policies that benefit our nation.

Governmental Affairs Contact List with names, emails and phone numbers.
TitleNamePhone Number
Assistant SecretaryDana Gresham202-366-4573
Staff Assistant Nakia Purnell202-366-4573
Staff AssistantCorneshia Levy 202-366-4573
Administrative OfficerLee Tomlinson202-366-9484
Deputy Assistant SecretaryPatricia Readinger202-366-9801
Deputy Assistant  Secretary Kevin Monroe 202-366-8900
Deputy Assistant Secretary Danielle Owen202-366-4089
DirectorLaura De Castro 202-366-9414
Associate DirectorMichael Daley202-366-0425
Congressional Affairs Specialist Tonya Gross202-366-4563
Congressional Affairs Liaison Specialist Nefretiti Harrison 202-493-0231
Congressional Affairs  Specialist Ada Valaitis 


Updated: Tuesday, November 10, 2015
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