Sherry Harper Widicus

Senior Policy Adviser
Tel 202.661.7640
Fax 202.661.2299

Sherry Harper Widicus is a goal-oriented government affairs professional with an MBA and 20 years of experience devising and implementing federal legislative, political, and communication strategies—as both a senior congressional staff member and for government affairs clients with issues before Congress or federal agencies. Her experience includes managing client portfolios for Fortune 500 companies in the financial services and health care sectors as well as advocating for clients in the higher education sector.

Previously, Sherry served as Legislative Director for Congressman Ron Kind (D-WI) for eight years. In that role, she managed the daily work of the legislative staff, supervised the office's activity on the floor of the House, and developed and implemented the legislative agenda for Rep. Kind. She also acted as the primary legislative and political adviser on the Congressman's Education and Labor Committee assignment and facilitated his interactions with key external stakeholders.

During her time on Capitol Hill, Sherry built significant relationships with key members of Congress, including members of the New Democrat Coalition (NDC), and has broad staff contacts in the Senate and House of Representatives as well as in the House leadership. She staffed Congressman Kind in his leadership role as Democratic Chief Deputy Whip and as Vice-Chair of the NDC.

Representative Matters

  • Advocate for health care issues related to Medicare Reimbursement, the Physician Payments Sunshine Act, and Affordable Care Act provisions related to the State and Federal Health Exchanges
  • Represents pharmaceutical wholesale and distribution company on an array of Medicare reimbursement issues, prescription drug abuse, and tax reform
  • Represents health insurance general agency on issues related to small group health insurance and the Affordable Care Act
  • Lobby on federal legislative privacy debate, including data security and restrictions on the use of Social Security numbers
  • Advocate for financial services and banking issues related to the Dodd-Frank Act, Fair Credit Reporting Act, government-sponsored enterprises, and Gramm-Leach-Bliley

Professional Activities

Liaison for Election Protection Program, Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, 2008 election

Wisconsin Volunteer Manager, Presidential Campaign of U.S. Senator John Kerry

Community Activities

Co-chair, Health and Social Policies Task Force, Women in Government Relations, 2008-2014

Co-chair of Special Events Committee, Women Congressional Golf Association, 2013-2017

Tutor and Mentor, Horton's Kids, 2006-2012

Tutor, Everybody Wins, 2000-2006

University of Maryland, Robert H. Smith School of Business (MBA 2008)

University of Wisconsin-Madison (B.A. 1998)

Not admitted to practice