Paul T. Kelly, Consultant

Paul Kelly

Career Summary

  • The Federal Group, Principal
  • National Association of Chain Drug Stores, Vice President of Federal Government Affairs
  • Retail Industry Leaders Association, Senior Vice President for Federal and State Government Affairs
  • American Dietetic Association, Senior Federal Lobbyist
  • American Chiropractic Association, Director of Government Relations


  • Master of Arts, American Government, Johns Hopkins University
  • Bachelor of Arts, Political Science, Lynchburg College

Paul Kelly brings to The Livingston Group more than 30 years of experience in healthcare and business industry matters including pharmacy, pharmaceuticals, medical device, health providers, nutrition, retail, labor, transportation and more. An expert in all areas of government advocacy and political affairs, Mr. Kelly is credited with numerous legislative and regulatory achievements. He joins us at The Livingston Group following six years as a Principal with The Federal Group.

Mr. Kelly served as Vice President of Government Affairs for the National Association of Chain Drug Stores, representing both Fortune 500 companies and small and regional retail pharmacy businesses. He lobbied Congress and the Executive Branch on the “Affordable Care Act”, the “Medicare Improvement and Patient Protection Act”, the “Medicare Modernization Act” (aka, Part D) and other major legislation.  In recognition of his leadership, he was selected to testify before Congress during the hearings on “Obamacare.”  Additionally, he developed and directed the group’s political action and grassroots programs.

Previously, Mr. Kelly was Senior Vice President for federal and state government affairs at the Retail Industry Leaders Association (RILA), an alliance of large retail chains including Wal-Mart, Target and Home Depot.  During his tenure, he significantly elevated the association’s profile, earning the group its first invitations to testify before Congress and participate in White House bill signing ceremonies.  While at RILA, he led a national business coalition that won favorable supply chain security provisions in the “Safe Ports Act of 2006”.  He also represented retail on issues related to state health insurance mandates, testifying before the U.S. House Education and Workforce Committee on the issue. 

Mr. Kelly has served as Senior Federal Lobbyist for the American Dietetic Association, representing registered dietitians and licensed nutritionists.  He led the successful campaign to cover medical nutrition therapy in Medicare.  Prior to that, he was Director of Government Relations at the American Chiropractic Association, improving coverage for chiropractic services in Medicare and the military.

Early in his career, he worked in the U.S. Senate and the U.S. House of Representatives.

Mr. Kelly has volunteered in Washington as a member of the Board of Directors for the American League of Lobbyists, the Association of Government Relations Professionals, and the Congressional Award Foundation -- a charity created by Congress to recognize leadership in America's youth.

Mr. Kelly holds a Masters degree in American Government from Johns Hopkins University and a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from Lynchburg College.  He was also awarded the Professional Lobbying Certificate from the American League of Lobbyists.  A lifelong Virginian, he lives with his wife and two children in Falls Church, Virginia.

Significant Associations, Activities and Accomplishments

  • American League of Lobbyists/Association of Government Relations Professionals (Washington DC) Board of Directors (2009-2016)
  • Congressional Award Foundation (Washington, DC) -- Board of Directors (2006-2016)
  • Public Affairs Council (Washington, DC) -- Board of Directors (2009-2011)
  • Washington Industrial Roundtable (Washington, DC)
  • Conference Speaker: Asembia Specialty Pharmacy Summit (2015-2017); National Association of Specialty Pharmacy Annual meeting (2017); Cardinal Healthcare Business Partners Conference, 2010; Council of State Retail Associations, Annual Meeting, (2005-2007); others.
  • Congressional Witness: Health Care Reform Legislation, House Energy & Commerce Committee, June 2009; State Health Insurance Mandates, House Education & Workforce Committee, June 2006.
  • T.V., Radio and Print media appearances: CNBC "Closing Bell"; Fox News; "Lou Dobbs Tonight"; National Public Radio; Wall Street Journal Radio; New York Times; Forbes Magazine Online; Congressional Quarterly Weekly; National Journal's Congress Daily; The Pink Sheet; Newsday; Investors' Business Daily.

Practice Areas

  • Health Care and Pharmaceuticals

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