Tom Leary, MALA, CAE, FHIMSS
Vice President, Government Relations
Tom Leary is Vice President, Government Relations, at HIMSS, a global, cause-based, not-for-profit organization focused on better health through information and technology.
He leads the organization’s public policy initiatives and outreach to Congress and Federal agencies. Leary had served as HIMSS’ Senior Director of Federal Affairs since 2003, directing HIMSS’ public policy activities with federal agencies, including analysis and response to federal regulatory requirements and leveraging HIMSS member subject matter expertise in health IT public policy development.
Leary has spent a good portion of his career in Washington on federal healthcare policy and regulation development. His experience includes work both inside and outside of government. Prior to his arrival at HIMSS, Leary was a Division Manager for Science Applications International Corporation's TRICARE Division, where he was engaged in the coordination of healthcare administrative outsourcing solutions for the Military Health System.
He began his career in 1992 as a staff assistant to Rep. Les Aspin (D-WI). He moved to the Pentagon with the Aspin team, where he served as a Clinton Administration political appointee at the Defense Department in the Office of the Secretary of Defense Legislative Affairs office as staff assistant, then as Special Assistant for Health Care Policy. In 1997, he expanded his focus on federal healthcare policy as the Special Assistant to the Assistant Secretary of Defense for Health Affairs, serving on the Assistant Secretary's senior management team that addressed medical readiness and peacetime healthcare delivery for the Military Health System.
Leary obtained his bachelor’s degree in History/Political Science from Rutgers University and his master’s degree in Legislative Affairs from The George Washington University.