Tom Wharton joined the Capitol Hill Consulting Group in 2017 as Senior Vice President. Wharton brings nearly 20 years of political and policy experience and has raised more than one million dollars in support of Democratic Members of Congress. In addition to his political experience, Wharton brings a wealth of health care experience from his legislative work in both the private sector as well as the United States Senate and House of Representatives.
Wharton came to Capitol Hill in 2002, when he joined the staff of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee as a junior aide to Chairman Joe Biden. Three years later, Wharton would go on to work for the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee during the 2006 election cycle when Senate Democrats won back the majority and elevated Senator Harry Reid to Majority Leader.
Following his political work, Wharton joined the legislative staff of Congressman Dan Boren (D-OK), an influential moderate Democrat and a senior member of the centrist Blue Dog Coalition. He served as a senior advisor to the congressman on domestic policy issues during the historic first term of President Obama. Following his work in the House of Representatives, Wharton served as senior health care policy advisor to Senator Joe Lieberman, where he led Senator Lieberman’s work on all health care related matters, including Medicare and Medicaid reform.
After Senator Lieberman announced his retirement, Wharton became the principal Senate Democratic Lobbyist for the Blue Cross Blue Shield Association (BCBSA), whose health care plans insure more than 107 million Americans. During that time he was the point person for BCBSA to then majority staff of the Senate Finance Committee, the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee and the Senate Democratic Leadership on all health care related matters including the critical implementation of the Affordable Care Act.
Wharton currently splits his time between Washington D.C and his home state of Florida. He is a graduate of the University of South Florida and is married to Kendra Wharton, an attorney in Washington D.C. They are parents to a son, Connor, and a daughter, Taylor.