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Eric Berger brought more than 20 years of public policy, affairs, and engagement experience to his role as senior fellow for Strategic Initiatives at The Heritage Foundation. Berger began his career as legislative and policy director for Kay Coles James when she served as secretary of Health and Human Services for the Commonwealth of Virginia. There, he supported James in her successful quest to achieve Virginia’s landmark welfare reform and family empowerment legislation.
Berger then served on the professional staff of the Commerce Committee of the U.S. House of Representatives, where he focused on Medicare, Medicaid, FDA, and health insurance matters. Among the measures he helped develop were the Assisted Suicide Funding Prevention Act, the Food and Drug Administration Modernization Act, and the Balanced Budget Act of 1997, which included permanent pro-life protections for which he served as principal negotiator.
Subsequent to his public service, Berger specialized in innovative advocacy and communications initiatives at the federal and state levels, serving as vice president of Government Relations and Public Policy for US Oncology, senior vice president of Public Policy and Communications for DaVita, and principal, partner, and public affairs advisor at Liberty Partners Group.
Berger's education includes the Master of Arts program in Public Administration at the University of Virginia and the Bachelor of Arts degree in political science and economics at the University of Richmond, which attended as a University Scholar.