Rita Norton

Rita Norton brings 30+ years of State and Federal Government Policy and Advocacy experience and a wealth of connections to corporations and organizations establishing their government and political presence in Washington, DC. Rita ensures their voice and concerns are known, understood and considered in the policy and lawmaking processes at both the Federal and State levels.

Following several years working on Capitol Hill for the Senate Appropriations Committee, Rita led Federal government Affairs for Hoffmann La-Roche, the youngest woman to lead a DC pharma office at that time. She went on to lead Federal Government Affairs for Amgen and she initiated its State Government Affairs department. She opened the DC Government Affairs office for then $50 billion (revenue) AmerisourceBergen (AB) in 2004, initiating and building its State and Policy departments. She led a team of more than 30 including 9 in-house, retiring in June 2022 from AB, now a $250 billion Fortune #8 global health care services conglomerate. Rita consulted for AB on the transition supporting the promotion of her successor, who she proudly mentored.

During her 25 years in the biopharmaceutical and healthcare industry, she represented these companies through negotiations and enactment of the Medicare Modernization Act (MMA) of 2003; FDA Reform and the User Fee Acts; the Affordable Care Act (ACA); the Inflation Reduction Act, the COVID pandemic and related stimulus legislation and public-private response, many healthcare and tax State government achievements and many more health care legislative and policy deliberations. With extensive experience building coalitions, grassroots campaigns and programs, Political Action Committees (PAC), including the $7 million per cycle AB PAC, Rita can provide the results and proven success strategies for government focused initiatives.

Rita serves on the Board of Life Sciences Pennsylvania (LSPA), an association that represents more than 850 biopharmaceutical, device, health systems and legal and research-based entities headquartered or with significant presence in PA and she chairs their Board Advocacy Committee. In addition, Rita serves on the Boards of the Children’s Charities Foundation (CCF) which has provided more than $70 million in grants to at-risk children’s programs in the DC metro area, and the Cloverleaf Equine Therapy Center, chairing their premier fundraiser in 2023.

Rita resides in the Washington, DC area.