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DeLauro Announces New Chief of Staff, Legislative Director

February 19, 2021
Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC – Congresswoman Rosa DeLauro (CT-03), Chair of the House Appropriations Committee, today announced that her Legislative Director Liz Albertine will succeed Leticia Mederos as Chief of Staff. Leticia Mederos is retiring after 22 years of service. Additionally, after serving as part of DeLauro’s legislative staff since 2017, Christian Lovell will succeed Liz Albertine as Legislative Director.

“Letty has been a critical part of my team for 12 years, delivering real results for the people of Connecticut and fostering lasting change for families across the country and around the world,” said Congresswoman DeLauro. “Her leadership on my team will be missed, but her partnership in the fight to help workers will endure even into her retirement. I thank Letty for her service and am pleased to announce that Liz Albertine will be taking over as Chief of Staff. From my Staff Assistant to now my Chief of Staff, Liz’s work ethic, knowledge, and passion for using the legislative process to make a difference in people’s lives will make her uniquely qualified to lead my team as we help the people of Connecticut’s Third Congressional District recover and build back better.”

“Additionally, I am thrilled that Christian Lovell will be taking over as my new Legislative Director,” Congresswoman DeLauro continued. “Growing up as a part of his family’s farm, Christian has gained a unique perspective on food and agriculture policy and continually demonstrates his dedication to understanding the issues facing working families in Connecticut and across the nation. Christian is a true leader and a natural fit for this new role.”

“Working for Rosa has been one of the most meaningful and formative experiences of my professional life, first as her legislative staff for LHHS Appropriations and the working families agenda, and later as her Chief of Staff,” said Leticia Mederos. “I am delighted to leave the staff leadership position in the very capable hands of Liz Albertine.”​

“I am deeply humbled by the confidence of the Chair to help serve the third district of Connecticut in this capacity,” said Liz Albertine. “It is an honor to have the opportunity to lead the hardest-working, most capable staff as we continue to carry out the work of a true champion for working families. I have been fortunate to have the mentorship of outgoing Chief of Staff, Letty Mederos, who is unmatched in her strategic thinking and effectiveness. I look forward to continuing to implement the Chair’s tireless efforts dedicated to working people in Connecticut and across the country.”

“I am grateful for Congresswoman DeLauro’s trust in me to lead her talented team of legislative staff,” said Christian Lovell. “Rosa’s steadfast commitment to fighting for everyday working people and their families is inspiring and guides the mission of our legislative work. I wish all the best to Letty Mederos in her retirement. Her many years of dedication and guidance to our staff have left an indelible mark, and I look forward to continuing this work under the leadership of our new Chief of Staff, Liz Albertine.”

Liz Albertine began her career on Capitol Hill in 2010 as DeLauro’s staff assistant. She has led the charge on the working families economic agenda since 2015 and has covered issues such as infrastructure, labor, defense, budget, and appropriations. She has also served as Legislative Director for then-New York State Senate Minority Whip and Ranking Member of the New York State Senate Labor Committee. Liz graduated from the University of Virginia in 2008 with a bachelor’s degree in history.

For the last three and a half years, Christian Lovell has managed DeLauro’s legislative work as a member of the House Agriculture Appropriations Subcommittee, while also advising her on food and agriculture, energy, and environmental policy. Previously, he worked as a consultant in the World Bank’s Climate Change Group and later at Informa Economics. Christian Lovell pursued bachelor’s and master’s degrees at Texas A&M University and the University of California, Davis, respectively, studying agricultural economics. Christian remains actively involved in his registered Hereford cattle operation on his four-generation family farm in West Central Illinois.