Former Congressman Bill Brewster serves as Chairman of Capitol Hill Consulting Group.
Congressman Brewster represented the Third Congressional District of Oklahoma in the U.S. House of Representatives from 1991 to 1997. During his tenure in Congress, Congressman Brewster served on the powerful House Ways and Means Committee, where he made a profound impact on a wide range of tax, energy, health care and trade legislation. Congressman Brewster also served on the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure during Highway Reauthorization in 1991 and 1996.
As the first and only practicing pharmacist to serve in the U.S. Congress in the last 30 years, Congressman Brewster made significant contributions to the health care policy debate of the 1990’s. His background in health care allowed him to pave the way for common sense reforms in the nation’s health care system.
Throughout Congressman Brewster’s service in Congress, he used his innate skill of coalition building to bring the two political parties, the Administration and private sector together on a host of legislative and public policy initiatives.
The results of Congressman Brewster’s strong coalition and partnering skills are still evident in Congress today. In 1994, he formed the Congressional Oil and Gas Forum, and served as its first Chairman. In addition, Congressman Brewster was Chairman of the Congressional Sportsman’s Caucus and was co-founder of the Blue Dog Coalition (an influential group of pro-business Democrat Members of Congress).
A true leader in building and maintaining strong bipartisan coalitions in Congress, Congressman Brewster was instrumental in organizing the first congressional oil and gas meeting with a sitting U.S. President. The Congressional Oil and Gas Forum included more than 80 U.S. Senators and Representatives all of whom met with President Clinton in 1994 to discuss the plight of the domestic oil and gas producers.
Always examining ways to moderate the debate in Congress, Congressman Brewster was effective in moderating the differences of both parties on important issues such as tax reform, budget reform, welfare reform, balanced budget amendments and deficit reduction, product liability reform, private property rights and health care matters. The Blue Dogs developed the concept of the deficit reduction “lock box” and were successful in passing the provision as a part of the several budget bills in Congress.
Upon his retirement from Congress in 1997, Congressman Brewster served as Chairman of R. Duffy Wall & Associates, a leading government relations firm in Washington, D.C.
Prior to his service in Congress, Congressman Brewster served 8 years in the Oklahoma State Legislature where he chaired several legislative committees as well serving as Chairman of several outside business organizations, including Southwest Energy Council, Energy Committee at the National Conference of State Legislatures and the Energy Committee at the American Legislative Exchange Council.
Congressman Brewster holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Pharmacy from Southwestern Oklahoma State University.
Business has always been a focal point in Congressman Brewster’s career going back to his work in Oklahoma as a pharmacist, cattle ranch owner, owner of a car dealership and owner of a real estate company.
Today, Congressman Brewster and his wife Suzie maintain a residence in Washington, D.C. with their oldest daughter Balynda Karel. Their other daughter, Betsy Kecia and son Bradley Kent, lost their lives in a tragic incident in early 1990.