Rodney Whitlock

Dr. Rodney Whitlock


Areas of Expertise

Healthcare Policy, US Congress, Legislative - Executive Relations, Congressional Committees


Rodney Whitlock met Charlie Norwood in the summer of 1994 and handled debate prep during the Congressman's first campaign.  After the election, he joined Congressman Norwood's staff and moved to Washington because he really couldn't think of a good reason not to.  During his years with Congressman Norwood, he managed the Patients' Bill of Rights.  The bill passed the House in 1999 and again in 2001.  In February 2005, Rodney left the Office of Congressman Norwood to join the Finance Committee Staff as a health policy advisor for Chairman Chuck Grassley of Iowa.  He was lead Senate staffer for the Medicaid provisions of the Deficit Reduction Act of 2005 and the Tax Relief and Health Care Act of 2006.  In 2007, Rodney worked on the Children's Health Insurance Program Reauthorization Act that passed Congress twice and was subsequently vetoed twice by President Bush.  He spent 2009 and 2010 deeply engaged in health care reform legislation.  Late in 2010, he became the Acting Health Policy Director for Senator Grassley and shepherded the Medicare and Medicaid Extenders Act of 2010 into law during his brief tenure.  He remains Health Policy Director for Senator Grassley now in the Senator's personal office.  Rodney has been engaged in every significant piece of health care legislation over the last 20 years.  In his spare time, he teaches in two different programs at The George Washington University.  He has taught in the GRaduate School of POlitical Management since 2000 and in the Health Policy Department since 2005.  And of course, he is a rabid Nats fan.


Ph.D., University of Georgia
M.A., Appalachian State University
B.A., Roanoke College