Mary Langowski: 40 Under 40

The young lobbyists with the most influence in Washington

Name: Mary Langowski
Firm: DLA Piper
Age: 33

As chair of DLA Piper’s health-care policy and regulatory group and chief health-care adviser to former Democratic senator Tom Daschle—who also works at the firm—Langowski offers expertise that’s been in high demand over the past year. The self-labeled “wonk,” whom Daschle calls “the best in the business,” has been working with clients across the health-care industry—venture-capital funds, pharmaceutical and technology companies, medical schools and hospitals, to name a few—who need to navigate health-care reform.

Langowski has plenty of experience to draw on. Her time in the public sector includes managing Iowa senator Tom Harkin’s health-care priorities as his senior policy adviser and serving as chief policy adviser at the Iowa Department of Public Health under then governor Tom Vilsack, now Secretary of Agriculture.

This article appears in the June 2011 issue of The Washingtonian.

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Marisa M. Kashino joined Washingtonian in 2009 as a staff writer, and became a senior editor in 2014. She was previously a reporter for Legal Times and the National Law Journal. She has recently written about the Marriott family’s civil war and the 50-year rebirth of 14th Street, and reported the definitive oral history of the Lorena and John Wayne Bobbitt case. She lives in Northeast DC with her husband, two dogs, and two cats.