Jim Twaddell

Senior Vice President, District Policy Group
jim.twaddell dbr.com
Phone: (202) 230-5130 (202) 230-5130
Fax: (202) 842-8465


Jim Twaddell is a government relations director with the firm’s Lobbying & Advocacy team and senior vice president with the District Policy Group. Jim has a broad range of government relations and lobbying experience and extensive knowledge of legislative issues related to health care policy, federal appropriations funding, grassroots initiatives and advocacy training.

As a government relations director, Jim manages a variety of clients, including hospitals and health systems, nonprofit voluntary health organizations, health professional societies and medical device companies. He provides clients with strategic counsel on legislative, health policy, political and advocacy issues, including advancing authorization legislation, securing federal appropriations support for Congressionally directed projects, programmatic appropriations funding increases, working with federal agencies on the implementation of legislation or proposed rules, conducting Capitol Hill advocacy and training events and implementing grassroots campaigns.

Jim represents clients before individual members of Congress and key Congressional Committees, such as the House and Senate Appropriations Committees; the House Energy and Commerce and Ways and Means Committees; and the Senate Finance and Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions Committees. He represents clients before federal agencies such as the Health Resources and Services Administration, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, the National Institutes of Health, the Veterans Health Administration and the Department of Defense.

Before joining Drinker Biddle, Jim worked as the Associate Director of Government Affairs at the American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN). During his tenure at AACN, Jim served as the lead lobbyist for appropriations, health care policy, higher education and veterans’ affairs issues. He provided policy analysis and formulated legislative strategy on the reauthorization of the Public Health Service Act, the Higher Education Act and the passage of the Nurse Reinvestment Act.

Prior to joining AACN, Jim served as deputy director of communications and as a legislative aide for U.S. Sen. Arlen Specter. He managed the daily communication for Sen. Specter’s Washington, D.C., office, seven state offices, the Veteran’s Affairs Committee and the Labor, the Health and Human Services and Education Appropriations Subcommittee. Jim worked directly with the senator in the formulation of a media, legislative and political strategy. As a legislative aide, Jim advised Sen. Specter on the issues of education, housing, energy, national and community service, welfare and economic development.


  • Represents the interests of numerous non-profit organizations, health professional associations, hospitals and health systems.
  • Facilitates relationships with Members of Congress, White House and federal agencies, and other valuable stakeholders.
  • Represents clients with respect to legislative, regulatory and grassroots advocacy efforts.
  • Secures programmatic funding, authorizing legislation, and legislative and regulatory solutions to achieve clients’ federal policy objectives.
  • Leads and manages collations on behalf of clients to advance broad legislative and policy initiatives.
  • Develops advocacy materials including draft legislation, report language, Congressional testimony, issue briefs, Congressional and federal agency correspondence, bill and regulatory policy analysis, government relations strategic plans, policy agendas, regulatory comment letters, and speeches.
  • Plans and executes various client advocacy events including policy workshops, Congressional briefings, Capitol Hill lobby days, coalition meetings, policy summits and strategic planning meetings.



  • Johns Hopkins University, M.A.
  • George Mason University, B.S.