When two veteran committee health staffers departed this year, Chairman Fred Upton, R-Mich., picked one of his own to promote. Clay Alspach, 35, has worked for the committee, or its members, for much of his professional life.
Alspach was promoted to chief health counsel for Republicans in January. Previously he managed the committee’s Food and Drug Administration portfolio, including the reauthorization of the giant package of drug and device user-fee agreements collectively known as the UFAs. The reauthorization was a model of bipartisan cooperation.
Alspach, who is married with two young daughters, started on Capitol Hill as an intern for his local lawmaker, Rep. Joe Pitts, R-Pa., current chairman of the Health Subcommittee. After a stint as a legislative clerk for the panel, he left for law school, a judicial clerkship, and a brief stint at a firm. He has been back with the committee since 2008.
This article appears in the April 18, 2013, edition of NJ Daily as Clay Alspach, Chief Majority Health Counsel.