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Kenneth T. (Ken) Cuccinelli, Senior Official Performing the Duties of the Director, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services; Director (vacant)


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Kenneth T. (Ken) Cuccinelli serves as the Senior Official Performing the Duties of the Deputy Secretary for the Department of Homeland Security.  DHS leads a unified national effort to secure America, coordinating 28 components with responsibilities ranging from prevention and protection to response and recovery.  Mr. Cuccinelli brings to the position his expertise as an attorney, former law enforcement official, state legislator and policy leader. He serves as a leading spokesman for the department and advocates for the policies that the Trump Administration has implemented in the public arena as well as on Capitol Hill.

Mr. Cuccinelli has served as the acting director of U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services where he advanced many of the Trump Administration’s critical priorities to secure the Southern border and identify areas that strengthen the country’s legal immigration system.

As Virginia Attorney General from 2010 to 2014, Mr. Cuccinelli led the Commonwealth from being among the worst states in fighting human trafficking to becoming one of the best. Additionally, he led efforts resulting in record enforcement against gangs, health care fraud, and child predators. Mr. Cuccinelli also served in the Senate of Virginia from 2002 to 2010 and has practiced law for nearly 25 years.

Mr. Cuccinelli earned a mechanical engineering degree from the University of Virginia, a law degree from Antonin Scalia Law School at George Mason University, and a Masters in International Commerce and Policy from George Mason University.

Mr. Cuccinelli and his wife, Teiro, grew up and live in Virginia. They have seven children, one son-in-law and one grandchild.

In his spare time, Mr. Cuccinelli enjoys spending time with his family, reading, shooting, and watching college basketball.

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