Pete Ladowicz is the Assistant Commissioner for U.S. Customs and Border Protection's (CBP) Office of Congressional Affairs. As Assistant Commissioner, Mr. Ladowicz advises CBP leadership on all legislative and congressional matters that have a nexus to CBP's activities, programs, and operations. Furthermore, he oversees all legislative aspects of key Administration priorities to include appropriations, additional agent hiring, trade facilitation, and border security.
Prior to joining CBP in July 2017, Mr. Ladowicz held numerous positions within the Department of Homeland Security (DHS). Most recently, he acted as Deputy Assistant Secretary for Legislative Affairs where he directly supported the Secretary by devising and implementing a legislative strategy pertaining to the U.S. House of Representatives. Prior to that, Mr. Ladowicz was a Director for Legislative Affairs, where he was responsible for managing the congressional priorities for the Domestic Nuclear Detection Office, Office of Health Affairs, and Science and Technology Directorate (S&T). Mr. Ladowicz also held positions within S&T, first as a Special Assistant to the S&T Under Secretary and later as the S&T Industry Liaison and Deputy Chief Commercialization Officer.
Mr. Ladowicz has also served in numerous military capacities. Served as Executive Officer of NATO Headquarters Sarajevo where he planned and coordinated NATO operations in the Balkan Peninsula; was the Commanding Officer of the Naval Reserve Rota 0169 Unit; oversaw technology development for the Office of Naval Research, Reserve Component; coordinated R&D policy and external collaboration for the Chief of Naval Research; and piloted UH-3H Sea King helicopters. A graduate of the United States Naval Academy, he was commissioned in May 1999 and received his "Wings of Gold" in April 2001. In addition to his position as Assistant Commissioner, Mr. Ladowicz is a Reserve Naval Officer and currently oversees operations coordination for a 70-person reserve unit serving in direct support of the priorities of the Chief of Naval Operations. His personal awards include the Defense Meritorious Service Medal, the Meritorious Service Medal, the Joint Commendation Medal, the Naval Commendation Medal (three awards) and the Naval Achievement Medal.
Mr. Ladowicz was appointed to the Senior Executive Service in 2017 and holds a Bachelor of Science in Political Science from the U.S. Naval Academy and a Master of Arts in Legislative Affairs from George Washington University. He also completed the Reserve Component National Security Course at the National Defense University and the NATO Staff Officer School.
A native of Homewood, Illinois, Mr. Ladowicz is married and has three children.