Tom Daschle, a Bipartisan Policy Center co-founder, co-chairs its Commission on Political Reform and Health Project. He served as Senate minority leader from 1995 to 2001 and from 2003 to 2005, and as the majority leader from 2001 to 2003. He is the founder and chairman of the Daschle Group, a public policy advisory of Baker Donelson, where he provides strategic advice on key national issues including health care, energy, transportation, and the environment.

In 1978, he was elected to the House of Representatives, where he served for eight years. In 1986, he was elected to the Senate and was chosen as Senate Democratic leader in 1994.

After leaving the Senate in 2005, Daschle joined Alston & Bird, LLP, as a special policy adviser and then went on to work in the same role at DLA Piper before establishing the Daschle Group in 2014.

Daschle serves as the chair of the DuPont Advisory Committee on Agriculture Innovation and Productivity, as well as the BP Tangguh Independent Advisory Panel. He is also chair of the board of directors at the Center for American Progress and vice-chair for the National Democratic Institute. He serves on the board of the Edward M. Kennedy Institute, the LBJ Foundation, and is a member of the Council of Foreign Relations. He also is a member of the Health Policy and Management Executive Council at the Harvard School of Public Health.

Daschle graduated from South Dakota State University in 1969. He then served for three years as an intelligence officer in the US Air Force Strategic Command. Following his military service, he spent five years as an aide to Senator James Abourezk.


Recent Posts by Thomas Daschle

For Patients With Multiple Chronic Conditions, Improving Care Will Be A Bipartisan Effort

As the CHRONIC Care Act and other health care delivery and payment reforms are considered, policy makers must recognize system shortcomings and consider how to better integrate care and improve health outcomes for our sickest and most vulnerable Americans.

Fifty Years Later: Why Medicaid Still Matters

This year, as we celebrate the 50th anniversary of the establishment of Medicaid and Medicare, it is worth reflecting on the performance and value of these critical programs. Here are just seven facts on why Medicaid matters and the implications for health care policymakers and leaders.

Fifty Years In, Medicare Has Transformed Health Care. What’s In Store For The Next Fifty?

This year marks the fiftieth anniversary of the enactment of Medicare. Before President Johnson signed the program into law on July 30th, 1965, fewer than half of Americans over the age of 65 had health insurance.

Technology And The Changing Business Of Health Care

Three years after the passage of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, popularly known as “Obamacare,” scholars and political pundits have paid much attention to the macroeconomic effects of the law. Will Obamacare bend the health care cost curve? What will be its impact on the...

Creating A Workforce For The New Health Care World

Recently, the Institute of Medicine and the National Research Council reported that Americans die earlier and live in poorer health than people in other industrialized countries. This is the latest evidence of the urgent need for health reform, as embodied in the Affordable Care Act. The...