Sherry Harper Widicus is a performance-driven government affairs professional with a Master of Business Administration and more than 18 years of experience in devising and implementing federal legislative, political, and communication strategies as a senior congressional staff member in Congress and for government affairs clients with issues before the U.S. Congress and federal agencies. Skills include a strong capacity for developing and managing long-term relationships with Members of Congress, Congressional staff, and government affairs professionals, with an emphasis on problem-solving and strategic thinking.
Successfully advocating to achieve legislative priorities of clients, Ms. Widicus assists clients with government relations in Congress and the Executive Branch in the areas of healthcare, financial services, tax policy, higher education, and appropriations.
Prior to joining the firm, Ms. Widicus worked in the U.S. House of Representatives for Congressman Ron Kind (D-WI). As Legislative Director, she managed the daily work of the legislative staff, supervised the office's activity on the floor of the House, and developed and implemented Congressman Kind's legislative agenda. She also acted as the primary legislative and political advisor on the Congressman’s Education and Labor Committee assignment.
During her time on Capitol Hill, Ms. Widicus 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 with 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.