Laurie Rubiner has more than 25 years of experience in Congress and the nonprofit sector. She was Special Counsel to the Senate Judiciary Committee Democratic Staff where she managed the team of counsels hired for Brett Kavanaugh’s Supreme Court nomination. She served as U.S. Senator Richard Blumenthal’s Chief of Staff for seven years, Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton’s Legislative Director and Legislative Assistant to the late Republican Senator John H. Chafee. She was Vice President for Public Policy and Advocacy at Planned Parenthood Federation of America, inaugural director of the Universal Health Care Program at the New America Foundation, and Vice President for Programs and Public Policy at the National Partnership for Women & Families.
Over the span of her career, Laurie has been closely involved in a range of legislative and policy initiatives including the 1989 Title X Family Planning Amendments Act, the 1997 State Children’s Health Insurance Program, the 1997 Adoption and Safe Families Act, the 1999 Chafee Foster Care Independence Act, the 1999 Breast and Cervical Cancer Treatment Act, the 2009 Affordable Care Act where she helped secure critical protections for reproductive health care and women’s health, and the 2015 Women’s Health Protection Act.
Laurie received her B.A. in English from Barnard College and J.D. from Georgetown University Law Center where she has also served as an Adjunct Professor of Law. She was one of the founding board members of the American Constitution Society for Law and Policy. She received the Felicia Stewart Award for Reproductive Health Advocacy from the American Public Health Association, The Child Advocacy Award from Catholic Charities, The Congressional Staff Award from the National Association of Children’s Hospitals and from the National Family Planning and Reproductive Health Association.
Laurie was born and raised in suburban Detroit and lives in Washington, D.C.
Bucket list item: Write a novel
Favorite book: "Ulysses" by James Joyce