Government affairs, food and drug law, federal health care programs
Offices of Rep. Joe Barton and Charlie Norwood, House Energy and Commerce Committee
Ryan Long, Principal, BGR Government Affairs, came to the firm after serving as the Chief Health Counsel for the Energy and Commerce Committee for more than six years. As a Principal, he plays a key role in BGR’s healthcare practice, where he focuses primarily on life science and biotech issues.
Ryan joined the Energy and Commerce Committee as a Professional Staff Member in 2004, working on issues relating to the Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act and Medicare. Serving as the lead professional staff representative before members of the House, Senate and Administration, he helped develop and manage the policy agenda for the Committee Chairman and members of the Subcommittee on all aspects of healthcare, including the FDA, Medicare, Medicaid, Health IT and public health. Ryan has been widely praised for helping to shepherd in bipartisan fashion the reauthorization of the Food and Drug Administration Amendments Act of 2007, the Food and Drug Administration Safety and Innovation Act, the Food Safety Modernization Act and annual Medicare and Medicaid extender provisions.
Upon Ryan’s departure from the Committee, Chairman Fred Upton praised Ryan, saying, “Ryan has been a fixture of the Energy and Commerce team for nearly a decade. He has been a valuable asset, especially during his tenure as the Health Subcommittee Chief Counsel dating back to mid 2006. I greatly appreciated his staying as a member of my team when I became chairman. His contributions over the years are numerous in the ongoing effort to improve the quality of our nation’s healthcare system.”
Prior to serving on the Committee, Ryan served for five years in the office of Congressman Joe Barton (R-Tex.) as the Congressman’s Legislative Assistant for healthcare, later becoming the Congressman’s Legislative Director. He developed and implemented all facets of the Congressman’s legislative agenda, including healthcare, energy and taxes as well as defense, agriculture and trade priorities. Additionally, he helped the Congressman create the bipartisan, bicameral Congressional Privacy Caucus, which focused on such topics as financial privacy and Internet privacy.
Ryan began his career on the Hill working for Congressman Charlie Norwood of Georgia from 1998 to 1999. He received his undergraduate degree from the University of North Carolina and his JD from Catholic University.