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Jessie Howe Brairton

Senior Vice President


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). Senator Grassley now serves as the Chairman of the influential Senate Finance Committee. After working 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 served as both Chairman of the House Judiciary and House Science Committees, Ms. Brairton managed his legislative initiatives before these committees including crime, intellectual property, terrorism, anti-trust legislation and space exploration.

In 2006, Ms. Brairton accepted the position of Director of Federal Government Affairs in Eli Lilly and Company’s Washington, DC office where she lobbied the United States Senate and the United States House of Representatives on Medicare, Medicaid, and Affordable Care Act (ACA) issues. She led the internal ACA team and worked cross-functionally to deliver results for the company.

Ms. 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. She lives in Arlington, VA with her husband and two children.