Powers Principal Peggy Tighe served on the host committee for the July 24 retirement party of Judy Schneider, a Congressional Research Service Specialist known for her over 40 years of service to Congress and the government relations community.

The reception, held in the Rayburn House Office Building and attended by over 250 people, included speeches by Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi, Democrat Whip Jim Clyburn (D-SC), Republican Whip Steve Scalise (R-LA), Representatives John Lewis (D-GA), Jan Schakowsky (D-IL), Rosa DeLauro (D-CT), Billy Long (R-MO) and many more.  Senators speaking at the event included Van Hollen (D-MD), Wicker (R-MS), and Lankford (R-OK).

Peggy, along with five others on the host committee, organized the reception to honor Schneider’s decades of work educating members of Congress and their staff as well as the government relations community. Judy’s role at CRS was to teach congressional procedure to all Members of Congress, guiding them in the proper use of procedural rules to move or halt legislation in the House and Senate.

Proceeds and donations from the reception will go to Women in Government Relations’ (WGR) Judy Schneider Fellowship. The fellowship is named in appreciation of the immense impact Judy Schneider has had on WGR and the thousands of women she has mentored, developed, and trained through her Direct Connect to Congress education series.  Peggy, a past president of WGR and founder of the Judy Schneider fellowship, spoke at the event, presenting Schneider with an award in recognition of her philanthropic work with the government relations community.

Peggy works closely with both the Healthcare and Government Relations & Public Policy teams at Powers. She teams with health systems, patient groups, and provider organizations to develop persuasive policy arguments and strategies to influence Congress and relevant agencies, creating change to protect and support providers and the patients they serve.

She focuses her practice on lobbying, coalition building, crafting and implementing grassroots campaigns, and coordinating media relations. She has experience strategizing and implementing federal grassroots activities, including grasstops (high-level grassroots), coalition building, letter writing, and database building.

For more information about healthcare policy and advocacy, contact Peggy Tighe at Peggy.Tighe@PowersLaw.com.