James E. Link
Jim Link is a Partner with The Cormac Group, LLP, bringing nearly two decades of lobbying experience as well as eight years of Capitol Hill experience to the firm. He joined The Cormac Group from the American Capitol Group, LLC and prior to that from Fleischman and Walsh, LLP where he served as a partner and government affairs counsel. While at the American Capitol Group and Fleischman and Walsh, Jim built an impressive lobbying practice comprised primarily of health care, non-profit and corporate clients. Jim’s diverse client base ranges from medical schools, hospitals, health professions to clients in high-tech and distilled spirits industries. Jim’s success on behalf of his clients has gained him deep respect among his peers and elected members of Congress in Washington, DC.
Jim led the government relations team at the National Association of Chain Drug Stores where he served as the association’s chief lobbyist as Vice President of Government Affairs. In that capacity, he developed and executed lobbying strategies on behalf of the association’s members, including CVS, Walgreen’s, Kerr Drugs, Longs Drug Stores, Albertson’s and Rite-Aid on issues including Medicare reimbursement, Medicaid as well as labor, tax and trade issues. Prior to NACDS, Jim was co-manager of the Washington, DC office for The MWW Group and was the chief lobbyist for the American Iron and Steel Institute.
While on Capitol Hill, Jim spent nearly four years as a top aide in the Senate Republican Whip office and Legislative Assistant for Senator Alan Simpson (R-WY). He helped manage the Senator’s leadership and Senate floor responsibilities and participated in Republican leadership strategy meetings on pending business and future floor action. He also directed the Senator’s legislative initiatives relating to health care, labor, banking, commerce and telecommunications and was a primary speechwriter for the Senator. Jim’s other posts on Capitol Hill include serving as an aide to then Representative William Dickinson (R-AL), then Representative Dick Cheney (R-WY) as well as a fundraiser for the National Republican Senatorial Committee.
Jim holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science from Miami University (Ohio) and a Master of Business Administration in International Business from The American University in Washington, DC. Jim was a Bryce Harlow Scholar while attending The American University.
Jim and his wife Kristin have three children and reside in Bethesda, Maryland.