October 04, 2019

Harris Announces Kristine Lucius As New Chief of Staff

WASHINGTON, DC – U.S. Senator Kamala D. Harris (D-CA) released the following statement on the appointment of Kristine Lucius to serve as her new Chief of Staff.

“I’m excited to bring Kristine on board. She has a proven track record in the Senate, as a lawyer, and within the non-profit space that will serve Californians well,” said Senator Harris. “Kristine will be a great asset in the fight for equality and justice in Congress.”

“I’m excited to return to the Senate and join a talented team that is focused on fighting for the people of California. I admire Senator Harris’ lifelong pursuit of justice and look forward to helping her level the playing field and expand economic opportunities for working people,” said Kristine Lucius

Kristine Lucius was recently the Executive Vice President for Policy and Government Affairs at The Leadership Conference on Civil & Human Rights where she led efforts to advocate for civil rights within federal, state, and local governments’ legislative and executive branches. Prior to joining The Leadership Conference, she worked as then-Chairman Patrick Leahy’s top policy and legal advisor on the U.S. Senate Committee on the Judiciary. In this role, she worked on a variety of priority issues like immigration, criminal justice reform, and gun safety while convening bipartisan partnerships to move policy ideas into law. A few of her key accomplishments include the passage of the: Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act, Matthew Shepard and James Byrd Jr. Hate Crimes Prevention Act, Fannie Lou Hamer and Coretta Scott King Voting Rights Reauthorization Act, the USA FREEDOM Act, among others. Before joining the Judiciary Committee, Kristine was a lawyer in  private practice, clerked for federal judges, and performed research at the Department of Justice. She holds a Juris Doctorate from Georgetown University Law Center and a Bachelor of Arts from The University of Minnesota.