A veteran legislative and regulatory strategist with nearly two decades of lobbying experience and a deep bench of relationships with lawmakers on both sides of the aisle, Rich knows how to help clients navigate and succeed in Washington, DC.
Rich’s clients have run the gamut from one of the largest life insurance companies and large accounting firms, to small biotech and medical device companies, to large medical specialty groups and PhRMA companies. He has also helped clients manage high-profile congressional oversight investigations including the investigations of Enron and HealthSouth. Moreover Rich has also established himself as a prominent fund raiser for congressional campaigns, hosting over thirty events a year and assisting clients in establishing and growing their own political giving operations.
Rich also has a long and proven track record of establishing and managing industry coalitions, and has served as the executive director of several. At Thorn Run Partners, Rich uses his decades of experience to assist clients to devise successful advocacy strategies to address complicated tax, insurance and banking issues, as well as Medicare and Medicaid reimbursement challenges.
Rich began his lobbying career in 1994 and has led and established several Washington-based federal government affairs consulting firms. Earlier in his career, Rich served as the legislative coordinator for the late Sen. John Chafee (R-RI), focusing on healthcare, tax, and environmental issues, as well as serving as a field director for the Senator’s successful 1988 re-election campaign. He also served as campaign manager of Fred Lippitt’s 1990 Independent bid for Mayor of Providence, RI, and served as a legal intern in the White House Office of Management and Budget, Health and Income Maintenance Division under President George H.W. Bush.
Rich received his undergraduate degree from Franklin and Marshall College and his law degree from Catholic University, Columbus School of Law, where he was a recipient of the Dulin and Haynes Law and Public Policy Scholarship Award. Rich serves on the Board of Advisors of the Columbus School of Law and chairs the Advancement Committee of the Board. A native of Rhode Island, he currently lives in Chevy Chase, MD with his wife Lisa and their three children.