NLARx Officers 2011-2012 Legislative Session - Biographical Information
CHAIR – NEW HAMPSHIRE REP. CINDY ROSENWALD (D)
Representative Rosenwald is in her fourth term in the New Hampshire House of Representatives where she serves on the finance committee. She is a former instructor at the University of Massachusetts and also worked as community relations associate at the Southern New Hampshire Medical Center in Nashua, and was vice president and account supervisor at Ted Bates Advertising in New York City. Rep. Rosenwald previously chaired the Health, Human Services and Elderly Affairs Committee, and is a national leader on prescription drug policy, passing landmark legislation on prescription privacy and data mining, among other bills. For her work she was named State Representative of the Year in 2006 by the New Hampshire Medical Society. Rep. Rosenwald is a frequent speaker on pharmaceutical policy issues at conferences sponsored by both industry and health advocacy organizations. Rep. Rosenwald previously served two years as Vice Chair for Policy and Programs.
VICE CHAIR FOR ADMINISTRATION – VERMONT SENATOR KEVIN MULLIN (R)
Senator Kevin J. Mullin was appointed to the Senate in January 2003 and has subsequently been elected five times; he also has served two terms in the House. He is a member of the American Legislative Exchange Council, and has been the Vermont House Minority Whip since 2005. He is Chair of the Education committee, Vice-Chair of the Health & Welfare committee, Asst. Senate Republican Leader, member of Senate Rules, Health Access Oversight committees, and Chair of Legislative Council committee, Health Care Reform Commission, and a member of the board of the Vermont Center for Geographic Information. He is the President of Glenwood Movieplex Corp. which operates 32 movie screens. Senator Mullin has sponsored legislation on 340B and patent issues, and has actively served on the Association’s board since the Association was founded. Senator Mullin has served as Vice Chair for Administration since 2009, and previously served as Secretary in 2007-08.
VICE CHAIR FOR POLICY & PROGRAMS –DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA COUNCIL MEMBER DAVID CATANIA (I)
David Catania was first elected as an At-Large Council member in a 1997 special election, and has subsequently been re-elected to full terms on the Council five times. Council member Catania chairs the Committee on Health and has been at the forefront of securing approval of pioneering legislation to increase access to prescription drugs, encourage PBM transparency, require disclosure of drug industry gifts and payments to prescribers, license drug company “detailers” and rein in soaring drug costs. Council member Catania served as Chair of the Association from 2007 to 2010, and before that served 2 years as Vice Chair.
TREASURER – IOWA SENATOR JACK HATCH (D)
Jack Hatch was elected in 2010 to his third term in the Iowa Senate. He represents central Des Moines, which includes some of the highest and lowest income families in the state. Jack served in the Iowa House of Representatives from 1985 to 1993. In 1993, he accepted the position of State Director with U.S. Senator Tom Harkin. He returned to the Iowa House after winning election in November of 2000. Senator Hatch is chair of the Human Services Budget Subcommittee. He also serves on the Economic Growth, Human Resources, State Government, Labor & Business Relations, and Appropriations committees. Jack is committed to affordable, quality health care for all Iowans. Since 2007, he has led the Legislature’s comprehensive health care reform effort, including a commitment to health care coverage for all Iowa children by 2011. In June of 2009, Jack was appointed chair of the White House Working Group of State Legislators for Health Reform. In that capacity, he has led state legislators who are health reform experts from around the country in advising the President on national proposals for health reform. Senator Hatch graduated from Drake University in 1972 with a BA degree, in 1973, he graduated with a MPA in Public Administration. He has been a member of NLARx since 2008 and a board member since 2009.
SECRETARY – WEST VIRGINIA SENATOR DAN FOSTER (D)
Senator Dan Foster is a Physician/Physician Administrator at the Charleston Area Medical Center. He was elected to the House 2002 and first elected to the Senate in 2004. Senator Foster has been a leader in moving West Virginia’s innovative prescription drug legislation including the law establishing reference pricing for negotiating prescription drug prices, created the groundbreaking Pharmaceutical Cost Management Council, and providing for marketing disclosure and other issues. Senator Foster served as Secretary since 2009.