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Raissa Downs


Raissa H. Downs cofounded Tarplin, Downs & Young, LLC 10 years ago after spending nearly a decade on Capitol Hill and in the Executive branch in senior staff positions. Downs served as Subcommittee Staff Director and Healthcare Policy Advisor to Senator Mike Enzi on the Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee before leaving the Senate. She then joined the legislative team at the Department of Health and Human Services in 2002 as Deputy Assistant Secretary for Legislation, finishing her tenure after a promotion to Principal Deputy. While her portfolio captured all of the programs under the HHS jurisdiction, she spent a significant amount of time on implementation of the Medicare Part D program and other major regulatory matters before CMS and FDA. Prior to the creation of the firm, Downs was a Vice President at the lobby firm Barbour, Griffith, and Rogers.