Jessie Howe Brairton joined Thorn Run Partners in September of 2011 with extensive experience as a lobbyist and Capitol Hill staffer in the areas of healthcare, technology, and judiciary related issues. Ms. Brairton has spent her career developing relationships in both the Senate and the House that have allowed her to directly impact policy outcomes for a diverse set of clients.
Ms. Brairton began her career working for the United States Senate's Special Committee on Aging, chaired by Senator Chuck Grassley (R-IA). After two years in the Senate, she accepted a position in the office of Congressman Lamar Smith (R-TX 21) as a Senior Legislative Assistant. While working for Congressman Smith, who now serves as Judiciary Committee Chairman, Ms. Brairton handled House Judiciary Committee work, where she managed legislative initiatives including crime, bankruptcy, telecommunications, intellectual property, terrorism, and anti-trust legislation.
In 2006, Ms. Brairton accepted the position of Director of Federal Government Affairs in Lilly's Washington, DC office where she lobbied the United States Senate and the United States House of Representatives on Medicare, Medicaid, and healthcare reform issues.
Brairton started her career in government relations at the National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB), the largest advocacy organization representing small and independent businesses in Washington, D.C. At NFIB, she co-chaired the Small-Business Health Plan (SBHP) Coalition and developed lobbying, press and grassroots strategy.
Ms. Brairton earned a B.A. in Political Science and French from Randolph-Macon College in Ashland, Virginia.