Sherry Harper Widicus is a goal-oriented government affairs professional with an MBA and 20 years of experience devising and implementing federal legislative, political, and communication strategies—as both a senior congressional staff member and for government affairs clients with issues before Congress or federal agencies.
Sherry is known for her successful advocacy in Congress and the Executive Branch. Her experience includes managing client portfolios for Fortune 500 companies in the financial services and health care sectors as well as advocating for clients in the higher education sector.
Sherry served as Legislative Director for U.S. Rep. Ron Kind (D-WI) for eight years. In that role, she managed the daily work of the legislative staff, supervised the office's activity on the floor of the House, and developed and implemented the legislative agenda for Rep. Kind. She also acted as the primary legislative and political adviser on the Congressman's Education and Labor Committee assignment and facilitated his interactions with key external stakeholders.
During her time on Capitol Hill, Sherry built significant relationships with key members of Congress, including members of the New Democrat Coalition (NDC), and has broad staff contacts in the Senate and House of Representatives as well as in the House leadership. She staffed Congressman Kind in his leadership role as Democratic Chief Deputy Whip and as Vice-Chair of the NDC.
Advocate for health care issues related to Medicare Reimbursement, the Physician Payments Sunshine Act, and Affordable Care Act provisions related to the State and Federal Health Exchanges
Represents pharmaceutical manufacturer and distribution clients on an array of Medicare reimbursement issues, prescription drug abuse, and tax reform
Represents health care trade association on issues related to graduate medical education, health and education appropriations, and federal student loans and the Higher Education Act
Lobby on federal legislative privacy debate, including data security and restrictions on the use of Social Security numbers
Advocate for financial services and banking issues related to credit cards, interchange fees, mobile payments, the Dodd-Frank Act, Fair Credit Reporting Act, Government Sponsored Enterprises, and Gramm-Leach-Bliley
Articles in the National Law Review database by Sherry Harper Widicus