For more than a decade, Rosaline Cohen has forged a reputation as a foremost authority on homeland and national security matters within the U.S. House of Representatives. When House Democrats encounter policy questions such as how to strengthen security at the southwest border, how to bolster information sharing with the private sector on cyber threats, or how best to introduce new technologies into security screening, they look to Rosaline. In her highly-visible capacity as Chief Counsel for Legislation, Rosaline has earned a reputation for working across the aisle to achieve bipartisan goals.
Rosaline’s congressional experience is deep and wide. Before joining the Committee on Homeland Security staff, she handled a diverse range of issues for a Houston-area moderate and an upstate New York progressive. On the morning of September 11, 2001, Rosaline was in the U.S. Capitol in a meeting with her boss, then-Rep. Ken Bentsen, when news of the first plane hitting the World Trade Center spread. Within a year, Rosaline took a position with the late Rep. Louise Slaughter, as her staffer on the then-Select Committee on Homeland Security. In this role, Rosaline channeled her desire to make America more secure and her knowledge of the Middle East, acquired through her studies at George Washington University, into her work and gained the respect and trust of Committee on Homeland Security staff. When Rep. Bennie G. Thompson became the top Democrat on the Committee, Rosaline was recruited to join the staff.
Rosaline has held a wide range of positions on the Committee – at times simultaneously; they include Counsel for Aviation Security, Director of Budget Analysis, Coordinator for the Management, Integration, and Oversight Subcommittee, Deputy Chief Counsel, and her current position-- Chief Counsel for Legislation. Since 2007, she has served as Chief Counsel, advising Chairman Thompson and other Committee Democrats on homeland security matters and overseeing all legislative activities. Her most notable legislative accomplishments include:
The most significant legislative measure since the establishment of the Department of Homeland Security in 2002: Implementing the 9/11 Commission Recommendations Act (P.L. 110-53 (2007)).
Three measures to improve the Department of Homeland Security’s ability to carry out its dual responsibility of protecting Federal civilian networks and supporting private sector cybersecurity efforts:Cybersecurity Information Sharing Act of 2015 (114-113 (2015)), Department of Homeland Security Cybersecurity Strategy Act of 2015 (P.L. 114-328 (2015)), and Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency Act of 2017 (P.L. 115-278 (2018)).
Raised in Randolph, Massachusetts, Rosaline is particularly proud that she successfully used her strong negotiating skills prior to the birth of her son to convince her native New Yorker husband, Yaneev, that their son, Zachary, would root for the Boston Celtics.