John Edward Porter

John Edward Porter

Senior Advisor, Washington, D.C.

Email john.porter@​

Phone +1 202 637 5695

Fax +1 202 637 5910

Practice groupRegulatory

John Edward Porter served 21 years as 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 his subcommittee's jurisdiction were many health programs and agencies (including the National Institutes of Health and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) and all of the education programs and agencies of the federal government. During his chairmanship he led efforts resulting in doubling funding for the National Institutes of Health.

Before his election to Congress, John served in the Illinois House of Representatives. Prior to that, he was an Honor Law Graduate Attorney with the U.S. Department of Justice in the Kennedy Administration. John also has 10 honorary degrees.

John concentrates on health law and education matters, including administrative and regulatory, international, legislative strategy, and education and health policy.

He chairs Research!America and is vice-chair of the Foundation for the National Institutes of Health. He is a member of the National Academy of Medicine, formerly the National Institute of Medicine. Previously, he served on the boards of the RAND Corporation, and the American Heart Association. Among the over 275 awards earned for his service in Congress is the Mary Wood Lasker Award for Public Service.

Awards and recognitions


Chambers USA, Government: Government Relations


Washingtonian, 50 Top Lobbyists

Education and admissions


J.D., University of Michigan Law School, with distinction, 1961

B.S.B.A., Northwestern University, 1957

Attended, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 1954


Board Member, National Space Biomedical Research Institute

Board Member, PBS Foundation

Chairman, Research! America

Former Board Member, American Heart Association

Former Board Member, Population Resource Center

Former Board Member, RAND Corporation

Former Chairman, PBS

Former Trustee, The Brookings Institution

Member, Council on Foreign Relations

Member, First Focus' Campaign for Children

Member, Institute of Medicine of the National Academy of Sciences

Member, The Bretton Woods Committee

Trustee Emeritus, John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts

Vice Chair, Foundation for the National Institutes of Health

Bar admissions and qualifications

District of Columbia


Court admissions

U.S. Court of Federal Claims

U.S. Supreme Court

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