Mr. Studdard spent two and a half years in the House of Representatives serving as Legislative Director to U.S. Representative Marsha Blackburn (R-TN). Blackburn currently serves as Vice Chair of the House Energy and Commerce Committee where she sits on four critical subcommittees including the Subcommittee on Health and Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations. She also serves on the House Budget Committee and is a founding member of the Republican Women’s Policy Committee. Finally, Rep. Blackburn is a House Deputy Whip and serves as a Vice-Chairman of the National Republican Congressional Committee.
During his time with Rep. Blackburn, Keith was involved in debate and negotiations over numerous pieces of health care related legislation including the Affordable Care Act, the Food and Drug Administration Safety and Innovation Act, and the Drug Quality and Safety Act.
Prior to his time on Capitol Hill, Keith directed federal lobbying efforts for the American Osteopathic Association (AOA), the professional organization representing more than 104,000 osteopathic physicians and osteopathic medical students. In his role as Director of Congressional Affairs, Mr. Studdard served as the organization’s head lobbyist during the health care reform debate and directed efforts to inform state chapters on the status and content of the legislation.
Before joining the AOA’s lobbying team, Keith spent the 2008 election cycle as Director of the Osteopathic Political Action Committee (OPAC). During this period, OPAC’s receipts increased by over $100,000 due to significant increase in number of individual donors. Mr. Studdard served as point person with the OPAC Board to determine contribution strategies on behalf of OPAC.
Keith began his career in Washington, DC at Kimbell and Associates where he served two years as government affairs associate, comptroller, and chief of staff to Mr. Kimbell. He also has significant experience in federal campaigns and political strategy having worked on multiple presidential, Senate and House campaigns over the last decade. In addition, during the 2012 Republican National Convention in Tampa, FL., Keith was directly involved with the writing of the Republican Platform serving as the lead staff person for the subcommittee overseeing health care, tort reform, education, and family issues.
Keith graduated Magna Cum Laude graduate of the University of Mississippi with a degree in mathematics and chemistry.