Jim McCrery is a partner with Capitol Counsel LLC, where he counsels clients on tax, trade, and health care issues. Mr. McCrery joined Capitol Counsel at the beginning of 2009, after nearly 21 years of service as a member of the U.S. House of Representatives.
As a member of the House, Congressman McCrery served on the Ways and Means Committee from 1993 through 2008, and from 2007 through 2008 he was ranking member of the full committee. Previously, he was chairman of the Select Revenue Measures Subcommittee and chairman of the Social Security Subcommittee. He also served for 14 years as a member of the Health Subcommittee.
As ranking member of the Ways and Means Committee, Congressman McCrery led Republican efforts to minimize tax increases proposed by the Democratic majority, but he also worked closely with Chairman Rangel and other Democratic members to craft bipartisan approaches on health care and trade matters.
While serving as chairman of the Select Revenue Measures Subcommittee, Congressman McCrery played a key role in shaping and passing the Economic Growth and Tax Relief Reconciliation Act of 2001, Job Creation and Worker’s Assistance Act of 2002, Jobs and Growth Tax Relief Reconciliation Act of 2003, American Jobs Creation Act of 2004, and the Energy Policy Act of 2005. As a member of the Health Subcommittee for 14 years, Mr. McCrery helped draft and pass a number of pieces of major health care legislation, including the Balanced Budget Act of 1997 and the Medicare Prescription Drug, Improvement, and Modernization Act of 2003. Before joining the Ways and Means Committee, Congressman McCrery served on the Armed Services Committee and Budget Committee.
While Congressman McCrery is widely acknowledged as being well-versed on policy issues, he also understands the political side of Washington, having served for ten years on the executive committee of the National Republican Congressional Committee (NRCC). Congressman McCrery also served the NRCC for four election cycles (1998-2004) as vice chairman for incumbent retention. The Committee for the Preservation of Capitalism, started by McCrery in 1996, became one of the most successful multi-candidate PACs on Capitol Hill under his leadership.
Mr. McCrery received his law degree from Louisiana State University and his undergraduate degree in English and history from Louisiana Tech University.