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Rebecca Tallent

Office of the Speaker
Assistant to the Speaker for Policy
Washington, DC, USA

Becky Tallent currently serves as Assistant to the Speaker for Policy, focusing on Judiciary and Homeland Security issues, specifically immigration reform.  She came to the Speaker’s office from the Bipartisan Policy Center where she served as the Director of Immigration policy and prior to her work at the BPC, served as Senator John McCain’s Chief of Staff.  She returned to Washington DC via Arizona where she previously served as his State Director after being Legislative Director and a policy staffer in Sen. McCain’s Capitol Hill Office. 

Becky started her career on Capitol Hill in Senator McCain’s office in 2001.  In 2003, she moved to the House of Representatives to work for Congressman Jim Kolbe (R-AZ) where she focused on several legislative policy areas including immigration, energy, transportation, agriculture and public land use.  Upon leaving Congressman Kolbe’s office, Becky returned to Senator McCain’s office in the summer of 2005 and continued her work on immigration and environmental policy helping to draft several comprehensive immigration reform bills, including the “Border Security and Immigration Improvement Act” in the 108th Congress, the “Secure America and Orderly Immigration Act” in the 109th Congress, and the “STRIVE Act” and “Comprehensive Immigration Reform Act of 2007” in the 110th Congress.    Becky also served as a Senior Policy Advisor on the McCain-Palin Presidential campaign and traveling Domestic Policy Advisor for Governor Palin.   

During her time at the BPC, Becky helped to author several studies and white papers on immigration reform including an extensive study of immigration reform’s economic costs and benefits entitled Immigration Reform: Implications for Growth, Budgets and Housing. 

Becky attended Carleton College in Northfield, MN and hails from Tucson, AZ.




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