Leader of BakerHostetler’s Federal Policy team, the Honorable Michael Ferguson served for nearly a decade in Congress and held leadership roles on key policy initiatives, from healthcare to financial services, with an eye toward advocating for legislative solutions that removed regulatory roadblocks to innovation. As vice chairman of the House’s principal healthcare subcommittee, he led key policy reforms, including the creation of the Medicare Part D prescription drug benefit and pharmaceutical and medical device user fee reauthorizations. He also participated in several financial services investigations and helped lead passage of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act and other financial industry reforms following the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks. After retiring from Congress, Mike founded Ferguson Strategies, a government affairs and public policy consulting firm that served a range of clients, including Fortune 500 companies and start-up firms. Appointed by Governor Chris Christie and unanimously confirmed by the New Jersey State Senate, Mike is chairman of the Board of Commissioners of the New Jersey Sports and Exhibition Authority. Mike played a pivotal role in shepherding the passage of the Medicare Part D prescription drug benefit in 2003 as the vice chairman of the House’s Health Subcommittee, part of the Energy and Commerce Committee. While on the Financial Services Committee, held leadership roles in the enactment of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002 and the Terrorism Risk Insurance Act following the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks. Authored and shepherded passage of the Lifespan Respite Care Act of 2006, which champions pioneering healthcare policies that improve treatment options for patients.