Speaker Nancy Pelosi

U.S. House of Representatives

Pelosi Names Kate Knudson as Chief of Protocol for U.S. House of Representatives

February 13, 2020
Press Release

Washington, D.C. – Speaker Nancy Pelosi announced today that she has appointed Ms. Kate Knudson to serve as both Director of the Office of Interparliamentary Affairs and Chief of Protocol for the United States House of Representatives.  In her roles, Knudson serves as the primary point of contact for the House of Representatives with the Washington diplomatic corps, overseeing visits of heads of state and other foreign dignitaries to the U.S. Capitol.  Further, she is responsible for managing the House of Representatives’ engagement with international groups that connect legislators from around the globe to promote collaboration, understanding and on-going dialogue on matters of international interest. 

“The partnerships between the House of Representatives and foreign leaders are critical to Congress’s work on behalf of the American people,” said Speaker Nancy Pelosi.  “I am pleased to name Kate Knudson Chief of Protocol for the House, where she will help foster and strengthen the House’s engagement with heads of state, government and parliamentary leaders and foreign diplomats and dignitaries.  The Congress and country will be well-served by her outstanding professionalism, experience and skill.”

Knudson has been a member of Speaker Pelosi’s staff for over 14 years, serving in a number of roles, including Director of the Executive Office of the Speaker, Director of Special Events and Special Assistant to the Speaker.  In January 2019, Knudson was named Director of the Office of Interparliamentary Affairs. 

“I am honored to have been appointed to this role by Speaker Pelosi,” Knudson said.  “I am humbled to serve the House of Representatives in this position and look forward to working with all of my colleagues to promote ever-stronger ties between the House and our partners abroad.”

Knudson earned a bachelor’s degree in education summa cum laude from Augustana University in Sioux Falls, SD and holds a master’s degree with honors in Government from Johns Hopkins University.