Joel Bailey

Vice President


Capitol Hill

Professional Experience

Congressman Jimmy Panetta,  National Restaurant Association

Joel is a Vice President with BGR’s Health and Life Sciences Practice. In this role he advises clients on strategies and tactics to advance their objectives in Washington. Joel has more than 15 years of experience in Washington, D.C., with more than a decade on Capitol Hill. He has extensive experience working with, and for, public and private entities helping them navigate Congress and the Executive Branch to achieve their goals.

He joined BGR in 2021 after most recently serving as Chief of Staff to Congressman Jimmy Panetta (D-CA), a Member of the House Ways and Means Committee. In that position he ran the Congressman’s official and political activities, served as his primary advisor, and managed the Member’s whip operation as a Chief Deputy Whip.

Prior to his time with Congressman Panetta, Joel served as a Director for Federal Affairs for the National Restaurant Association, where he represented the restaurant industry on Capitol Hill.

Joel also served as a health policy advisor to several House Energy and Commerce Committee members including Congressman Jim Matheson (D-UT), where he also served as his Legislative Director, Congresswoman Doris Matsui (D-CA), and then Blue Dog Co-Chair Congressman Baron Hill (D-IN), where he advised the Congressman through the consideration and passage of the Affordable Care Act.