A top aide to U.S. Senator Bob Menendez has been named to a high-level post at the U.S. Department of Homeland Security.
Alice Lugo, who has been Menendez’s chief counsel since 2014, was named by the White House as Assistant U.S. Secretary of Homeland Security for Legislative Affairs.
Menendez called her “one of the brightest emerging Latina leaders” in the nation.
“As a dedicated and tireless advocate for reforming our country’s broken immigration laws, Alice’s wealth of experience and deep knowledge of Congress will be an asset for the Biden-Harris Administration as they continue their efforts to advance a more humane immigration and border policy that reflects America’s value,” said Menendez, the chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee.
Lugo served as counsel to Rep. Luis Gutierrez (D-Illinois) before joining Menendez’s Senate staff seven years ago. She previously served as a supervising attorney at Ayuda, a Washington-based non-profit that assists immigrant survivors of domestic violence.
“This is a tremendous gain for the Biden-Harris Administration,” said Michael Soliman, Menendez’s former state director and now the senator’s top political advisor in New Jersey. “Alice Lugo is one of the finest public servants around.”
Biden has already tapped several Menendez staffers for executive branch post, including Jessica Lewis, the staff director of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, as Assistant U.S. Secretary of State for the Bureau of Political and Military Affairs.
Senate Republicans have held up Lewis’ confirmation.
Another Menendez aide, Raphael Chavez-Fernandez, has been named Deputy Assistant U.S. Secretary of Veterans of Affairs.