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Nancy Johnson
Senior Public Policy Advisor
Baker Donelson

Nancy Johnson is a Senior Public Policy Advisor in Baker Donelson's Washington, D.C. office and a member of the Firm's Federal Public Policy Group. She focuses on health care, tax, and trade matters on behalf of Baker Donelson clients.

Ms. Johnson served 24 years in Congress, from 1983 to 2007, representing the fifth district of Connecticut, following six years of service in the Connecticut State Senate. She co-authored the national Children's Health Insurance Program, was a principal author of the Medicare Modernization Act, and authored several taxpayer rights bills as Chairman of the Oversight Subcommittee. As a senior member of the House Ways and Means Committee and a free-trade proponent, Ms. Johnson played an integral role in passage of every major tax bill, trade agreement, and health care initiative during her tenure on the committee.

As a member and chairman of the Health Subcommittee, Ms. Johnson co-authored the laws that expanded Medicare to cover prescription drugs, chronic care management, increased preventive health benefits, and care offered by nurse specialists, physician assistants, and nutritionists. She also introduced the health information technology legislation that led to the establishment of the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (HIT). She led the Long Term Care Coalition, was an avid supporter of Community Health Centers and children's hospitals, and worked to pass malpractice reform and mental health parity legislation.

Ms. Johnson serves on several boards, including the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Health Policy Fellowship Advisory Board, John Marshal Law School, and the Pfizer U.S. Health Advisory Board.

Ms. Johnson received her B.A. from Radcliffe College, Harvard University, and honorary degrees from the University of Bridgeport, the University of Hartford, and Baypath College.

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