Office of Public and Intergovernmental Affairs
Brooks D. Tucker
Assistant Secretary for VA’s Office of Congressional and Legislative Affairs
As Assistant Secretary for VA’s Office of Congressional and Legislative Affairs (OCLA), Brooks D. Tucker oversees and coordinates the Department’s activities with Members of Congress and committees of jurisdiction, maintaining responsive and effective communications with Congress. Mr. Tucker leads a team that provides professional advice and assistance to the Secretary, Deputy Secretary, Under Secretaries and Assistant Secretaries in the Washington D.C. headquarters, conducts strategic outreach to Veterans Service Organizations, directs coordination with the Government Accountability Office, and directly supports the Congress in the areas of oversight, policy, and legislative proposals and activity.
Prior to assuming his current position, Mr. Tucker served on the Presidential Transition Team working on Veterans’ policy development. From 2010-2015, he served as the Senior Policy Adviser – National Security and Veterans’ Affairs for United States Senator Richard Burr and as Deputy Staff Director for the Republican Staff – Senate Veterans’ Affairs Committee. In 2008, he was selected as one of five U.S. Marine Corps Officers assigned to the United States Senate for duty as a Defense Congressional Fellow in 2009. Mr. Tucker is a retired U.S. Marine Corps lieutenant colonel with over twenty years of Active and Reserve service, including deployments to the Western Pacific, Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Iraq and Afghanistan and training team missions to Mali and Republic of Georgia. After his initial period of Active service, he was employed by Merrill Lynch in Washington DC before a decade with Deutsche Bank’s private wealth management division in Baltimore, Maryland.
Mr. Tucker is a 1987 graduate of the University of Maryland, a 2006 graduate of Marine Corps Command and Staff College and received a Certificate in Legislative Studies from Georgetown University in 2010.