United States: Rodney Whitlock Joins ML Strategies
Last Updated: January 6 2016

ML Strategies is pleased to welcome Rodney Whitlock as Vice President, Health Policy. Rodney joins our consulting team in Washington, DC, where he will work with clients in the health, pharmaceutical, and biotechnology industries. Leveraging his extensive experience as a health care policy advisor on Capitol Hill, Rodney will provide knowledgeable guidance to support his clients' key business decisions and help them develop and implement effective strategies to promote their success.

Rodney has more than 20 years of experience working with the US Congress. Most recently, he served as Health Policy Director for Senator Chuck Grassley (R-IA) during the senator's tenure as Finance Committee Chairman. In that role, Rodney led efforts to advance ambitious health care legislation. In 2015, he developed innovative legislation regarding both disability policy and rural hospitals. Rodney also shepherded the Medicare and Medicaid Extenders Act of 2010 into law, worked on the Children's Health Insurance Program Reauthorization Act — passed twice by Congress and subsequently vetoed twice by President Bush — and served as lead Senate staffer for the Medicaid provisions of the Deficit Reduction Act of 2005 and the Tax Relief and Health Care Act of 2006. In 2009 and 2010, he was deeply engaged in health care reform legislation.

In addition, Rodney spent 10 years in the office of the late Congressman Charlie Norwood (R-GA), and worked closely with the congressman on legislation such as the Patients' Bill of Rights Act, which passed the House in 1999 and 2001.

"We are thrilled that Rodney has chosen to join us," said William "Mo" Cowan, Senior Vice President and Chief Operating Officer at ML Strategies. "During his time working with members of Congress — over the course of more than two decades — he had the ability to move the needle because he intimately understood the issues at hand and had the respect of the most senior policy makers."

Rodney has taught for many years at George Washington University, in both the Department of Health Policy and the Graduate School of Political Management. He holds a PhD in Political Science from the University of Georgia, an MA from Appalachian State University, and a BA from Roanoke College.

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