John Bartrum, Capitol Hill veteran with more than 30 years of federal appropriations issues, healthcare, life science, defense, veterans and regulatory experience, is a partner in our Washington DC office.

    John previously served both parties in the majority as senior professional staffer to the US House Appropriations Committee from 2009 to 2017. In this role, he was responsible for policy and funding issues relating to the National Institute of Health (NIH) and its 27 institutes; Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and Biomedical Advanced Research and Development Agency, among others; and pharmaceutical and life sciences sector more broadly. While with the House of Representatives position, he was instrumental in developing the Ebola supplemental budget, which included designing the infectious disease hospital network, as well as the emergency management and public health response to the Zika virus and Superstorm Sandy. Before joining the House Appropriations Committee, he was an associate director of the NIH as a member of the federal Senior Executive Service.

    John previously served as part of the National Security Division of the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) in the Executive Office of the President. At OMB, he was responsible for the budget of the departments of Defense and Veterans Affairs, including wartime supplemental requests for medical, research and healthcare operations.

    In addition to this substantial healthcare experience, John has more than 30 years of military experience in both active duty and as a reserve officer. He is a combat veteran with the rank of brigadier general in the Air Force Reserve as a Medical Service Corps officer. He is currently assigned as the mobilization assistant to the Deputy Surgeon General of the Air Force, providing leadership to a US$6.1 billion health system involving a 44,000-person integrated health care delivery system serving 2.6 million beneficiaries at 76 Air Force military treatment facilities worldwide.

    John is a member of the American Health Lawyers Association and serves as a member of the firm’s Healthcare Industry Group leadership team.

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    • George Mason University, J.D., 2004
    • Southern Illinois University, M.B.A., 1994
    • McKendree College, B.A., 1990


    • District of Columbia, 2018
    • Virginia, 2004

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