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John Edward Porter
Senior Advisor, Washington, D.C.
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John Porter, who was named one of Washington, D.C.'s "Top 50 Lobbyists" in 2007 by Washingtonian magazine, concentrates his practice on policy, strategy, and advocacy for clients primarily, but not exclusively, in the fields of health and education.

John previously served 21 years as a U.S. Congressman from the 10th District in Illinois, where he served on the Appropriations Committee, and as Chair of the Subcommittee on Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education. Under the jurisdiction of his subcommittee were all of the health agencies and programs, except military and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), and all of the education agencies and programs of the federal government. He also served as Vice Chair of the Subcommittee on Foreign Operations and Vice Chair of the Subcommittee on Military Construction. Before his election to Congress, John served in the Illinois House of Representatives and prior to that as an honor law graduate attorney with the U.S. Department of Justice in the Kennedy Administration. He was founder and Co-chairman of the Congressional Human Rights Caucus, a voluntary association of more than 250 members of Congress working to identify, monitor, and end human rights violations worldwide. John authored the legislation creating Radio Free Asia and served as Chair of the Global Legislators Organized for a Balanced Environment (GLOBE USA).

The John Edward Porter Neuroscience Research Center on the campus of the National Institutes of Health in Bethesda, Maryland, is named in his honor.

John has received more than 275 awards for his service in Congress, including:
  • Albert and Mary Lasker Foundation, Mary Wood Lasker Award for Public Service, for wise and perceptive leadership on behalf of medical research.
  • Research! America Edwin C. Whitehead Award, for Medical Research Advocacy.
  • Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology, Public Service Award, in recognition of outstanding public service in support of biological and medical research.
  • The American Society for Cell Biology, Service Award, for outstanding leadership in support of biomedical research.
  • American Society for Microbiology, Distinguished Public Service Award, for extraordinary contributions to advancing the cause of science.
  • Association of American Medical Colleges, Award for Public Service Excellence, for visionary leadership as a champion for biomedical research.
  • Association of Academic Health Centers, Paul G. Rogers Award for excellence and commitment in encouraging public and private support for health professions, education, heath related research and health care.
  • Juvenile Diabetes Foundation, Lifetime Achievement Award, for extraordinary efforts on behalf of medical research in pursuit of a cure for diabetes.
  • Society for Neuroscience, Decade of the Brain Award, for leadership and support of neuroscience research.
  • American Psychiatric Association and the Academic Consortium, Lifetime Achievement Award, for outstanding support of biomedical and psychiatric research.
  • American Medical Association, Dr. Nathan Davis Award, for outstanding public service.
  • Michael J. Fox Foundation, Morris K. Udall Public Service Award, for support of biomedical research to find a cure for Parkinson's disease.
  • The Coalition for Health Funding, Public Health Continuum Award for Distinguished Congressional Service, for support of public health.
  • American Society of Association Executives, Beacon Award, for service on behalf of America's associations.
  • Global Tomorrow Coalition, Lorax Award, for leadership in calling attention to global population, resource and environmental problems.
  • National Family Planning and Reproductive Health Association, Outstanding Congressional Leadership Award, for efforts to preserve access to family planning services for women and families worldwide.
  • The Union of Councils for Soviet Jewry, Henry M. Jackson Leadership Award, for outstanding leadership and commitment to the struggle for freedom and survival.
  • Chicago Action for Soviet Jewry, Anatoly Scharansky Freedom Award, for dedication and service to the cause of human rights for Jewish people.

Published Works
14 March 2013 "Former Rep. John Edward Porter Gives Congress a Tongue-Lashing." Roll Call

Legislation and Political Law Compliance
Life Sciences
Healthcare Services
Medical Devices
Pharmaceutical and Biotechnology
J.D., with distinction, University of Michigan Law School, 1961 B.S.B.A., Northwestern University, 1957 Attended, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 1954
  • Chairman, Research! America
  • Vice Chair, Foundation for the National Institutes of Health
  • Former Chairman, PBS
  • Board Member, PBS Foundation
  • Former Trustee, The Brookings Institution
  • Member, Institute of Medicine of the National Academy of Sciences
  • Member, First Focus' Campaign for Children
  • Member, Council on Foreign Relations
  • Member, The Bretton Woods Committee
  • Board Member, National Space Biomedical Research Institute
  • Trustee Emeritus, John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts
  • Former Board Member, RAND Corporation
  • Former Board Member, American Heart Association
  • Former Board Member, Population Resource Center
  • Chambers USA, Government: Government Relations, 2011
  • Washingtonian, 50 Top Lobbyists, 2007
BAR ADMISSIONS / QUALIFICATIONS District of Columbia Illinois
COURT ADMISSIONS U.S. Supreme Court U.S. Court of Federal Claims