Anne Milgram, Administrator, Drug Enforcement Administration

Anne Milgram

Administrator, Drug Enforcement Administration

Anne Melissa Milgram was born in December 1970 in Perth Amboy, New Jersey. She was a congressional page while attending high school. She earned an undergraduate degree from Rutgers University, a Master of Philosophy from Trinity Hall, Cambridge, and received a Juris Doctor from the New York University School of Law.

She clerked at the Eastern New Jersey U.S. District Court, then began her career as an Assistant District Attorney in the Manhattan District Attorney’s Office. She worked in the Criminal Section of the Civil Rights Division of the U.S. Department of Justice, where she was the Special Litigation Counsel for Human Trafficking. She served as counsel to a U.S. senator.

Milgram became Acting Attorney General of New Jersey, later serving as the state’s Attorney General for three years. She spent four years as head of the Criminal Justice Initiative at the Laura and John Arnold Foundation and was a legal adviser to the television series Law & Order Special Victims Unit. In 2017, she joined a private law firm in New York. She was also a professor at the New York University School of Law where she founded the Criminal Justice Lab.

President Joe Biden nominated Milgram to be the Administrator of the Drug Enforcement Administration. She was confirmed by the Senate and assumed her office in June 2021. 

She is married and has one son. 

In the News…

The head of the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) sounded the alarm on the fentanyl crisis as “rainbow fentanyl” continues to impact communities, some of it disguised as candy.

“We believe that the greatest threat facing our communities, our families, our kids is the deadly fentanyl that we are seeing in the United States that is brought here by the two cartels in Mexico,” Administrator Milgram said.

“We just finished a four-month operational effort where we took 10 million fake fentanyl pills off the street that look like they’re real pills, like they’re oxy, or they’re Percocet, or they’re hydrocodone,” she continued. “We also took almost 1,000 pounds of fentanyl. Why that’s important, is the work of the men and women of DEA in less than four months, that amount of fentanyl is the equivalent of 36 million potential lethal doses.”

“We have not seen any connection to Halloween,” the DEA administrator said. “What we do see is social media. We see fake pills like the blue boxes that you just showed. We see rainbow pills, a new tactic being used by the cartels, and here’s what we worry about. We have middle schoolers and high schoolers who are dying of fentanyl poisoning. We have 12-year-olds, 13-year-olds, 14-year-olds who are dying.”

“They are targeting everyone,” Administrator Milgram said. “They’re targeting every American.” 

Contact this Leader…

Did you pray for Administrator Milgram today? You can let her know at:

The Honorable Anne Milgram, Administrator 
U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration 
800 K Street NW Suite 500 
Washington, DC 20001 


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