Jim Smith joined American Continental Group in 2006. Mr. Smith brings more than a dozen years of health care experience to American Continental Group in addition to a wealth of strategy and management experience in federal politics.
Prior to joining ACG, Mr. Smith coordinated all aspects of advocacy as Senior Vice President of the American Health Care Association, including federal relations, research and policy development, as well as grassroots and political action.
Before AHCA, Mr. Smith served more than four years as Vice President of Federal Government Relations at AdvaMed, the Advanced Medical Technology Association, where he helped develop and pass into law the Medical Device User Fee and Modernization Act of 2002 (MDUFMA) and the Medicare Prescription Drug and Modernization Act of 2003 (MMA).
Prior to joining AdvaMed, Mr. Smith was the senior Lobbyist for the American Medical Association. For almost four years at AMA, Mr. Smith played a key role in the development of the Patients’ Bill of Rights and other legislative initiatives related to the practice of medicine. In that capacity, Mr. Smith was named as one of the “Powerful New Faces on K Street” by Roll Call, the newspaper of Capitol Hill in February of 2000.
Mr. Smith also served for four years as the Chief of Staff to U.S. Representative Peter Deutsch. Mr. Smith’s legislative experience includes victories on a wide range of issues, including national flood insurance, Everglades restoration, U.S.-Israel relations and telecommunications. He also managed legislative issues for the Congressman as the Ranking Member of the Health and Environment Subcommittee of the Energy and Commerce Committee.
Prior to his position with Congressman Deutsch, Mr. Smith worked as the Political Action Manager for the American Dental Association, where he ran a multi-million dollar PAC and introduced and developed a successful grassroots department.
Mr. Smith’s political experience includes several statewide campaigns in his home state of Texas, including the 1984 Lloyd Doggett campaign (now a member of the U.S. House Ways and Means Committee) and Governor Mark White’s reelection campaign in 1986.
Mr. Smith earned a B.A. in Economics from the University of Texas at Austin and a Masters in Public Affairs from the LBJ School.