Former drug lobbyist Jessie Howe Brairton has joined the boutique lobbying shop Thorn Run Partners as a senior vice president, the firm will announce later today. The addition of Brairton, a former staffer to House Judiciary Committee Chairman Lamar Smith, strengthens the firm's ties to House Republicans.
A former director of federal government affairs for the drug giant Eli Lilly, Brairton worked on health care reform and Medicare and Medicaid issues. She has also worked at NFIB.
As a senior legislative assistant to Smith, Brairton advised the congressman on bankruptcy, telecommunications, intellectual property and terrorism issues before the Judiciary Committee. She also worked for GOP Sen. Chuck Grassley.
"Bringing Jessie on board adds another experienced Republican to our firm at a time when clients are looking for help with bipartisan relationships and strategies," Andy Rosenberg, a partner and firm founder, told Influence Alley.