Catherine Finley has been helping to shape federal and state health care policy for over 15 years. Drawing on her extensive Capitol Hill and state experience, she brings to Thorn Run Partners a unique ability to identify public policy opportunities, develop effective lobbying strategies and achieve success by utilizing her wide network of bipartisan relationships with key decision-makers. Ms. Finley maintains close ties to the Senate Finance and HELP Committees, as well as the House Energy and Commerce Committee.
Ms. Finley previously served as Staff Director for the U.S. Senate Special Committee on Aging, where she oversaw committee operations on behalf of Senator Gordon H. Smith (R-OR), during his tenure as both chair and ranking member. As Staff Director, Ms. Finley was the Senator’s lead negotiator on critical health care legislation involving Medicare, Medicaid and the Children’s Health Insurance Program. She also led Senator Smith’s health and human services legislative agenda related to the Senate Finance Committee; the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee; and the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Labor-HHS-Education. Ms. Finley has also served as Senior Health Policy advisor for Senator Olympia J. Snowe (R-ME), where she advised the Senator on all health and human services issues, including development and enactment of the Medicare Modernization Act.
Ms. Finley’s policy expertise in Medicaid and other state health care programs was honed while serving as Legislative Director for Health and Human Services at the Southern Governors Association, where she represented the Southern states before Congress and the Administration on important regional and national health care matters. Ms. Finley was also a Policy Advisor to Governor George W. Bush and a Legislative assistant for the Texas Senate Committee on Health and Human Services.
Ms. Finley received her B.S. in Business Economics from Miami University in Oxford, Ohio. She holds minors in Political Science and International Business.