News Release

August 3, 2021

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WASHINGTON, D.C. ― The United States Sentencing Commission announced the appointment of Jen Burita as Director of Legislative Affairs.

“Jen brings a wealth of experience serving on both sides of the Hill, as a long-time congressional staffer and a legislative liaison,” said Kenneth Cohen, Staff Director of the Commission.

Burita most recently served as the Media and Legislative Affairs Director for the Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight Board (PCLOB). Prior to her six years with the PCLOB, Burita served in U.S. Senator Susan Collins’ office for 11 years—first as Communications Director from 2003 to 2009, and then as Deputy Chief of Staff until 2014. Burita went on to serve as Deputy Staff Director for the U.S. Senate Special Committee on Aging from 2014 to 2015.

Burita has also served as the Communications Director for the U.S. Senate Homeland Security and Government Affairs Committee as well as U.S. Representatives Jennifer Dunn and John Peterson.

“The Commission will benefit from Jen’s longstanding relationships on the Hill coupled with her experience working for a bipartisan independent agency like the Commission,” Cohen said.

Burita received a Master of Public Administration degree from George Mason University and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Journalism from New Mexico State University.

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The United States Sentencing Commission, an independent agency in the judicial branch of the federal government, was organized in 1985 to develop a national sentencing policy for the federal courts. The resulting sentencing guidelines provide structure for the courts’ sentencing discretion to help ensure that similar offenders who commit similar offenses receive similar sentences.