Who's Who of Top Executives

Ryan Long

Title: Principal
Company: BGR Group
Location: Oxford, Maryland, United States

Ryan Long, principal at BGR Group, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Executives for dedication, achievements, and leadership in politics.

With over two and a half decades of experience to his credit, Mr. Long has carved out a distinguished career in healthcare policy and the congressional process. He currently excels as a principal at BGR Group, a role he has held since 2023. In this capacity, he provides strategic advice and advocacy on health care policy, leveraging his extensive knowledge of the legislative process. Prior to his current role, he served as a senior policy advisor to Speaker Kevin McCarthy from 2021 to 2023, where he played a pivotal role in shaping health care legislation and policy initiatives.

Mr. Long’s career includes notable positions such as staff director from 2020 to 2021 and deputy staff director from 2018 to 2020 of the House Committee on Energy and Commerce. During his tenure, he managed legislative agendas, coordinated policy strategies, and provided guidance on a range of issues within the committee’s jurisdiction. He also served as vice president and principal at BGR Group from 2013 to 2018, where he developed and implemented lobbying strategies for health care clients. Earlier in his career, he was the chief health counsel at Government Acquisitions Inc. from 2004 to 2013, where he advised on health care acquisitions and policy compliance. He began his career as a legislative correspondent for Congressman Charlie Norwood from 1998 to 1999, and later as a legislative assistant for Congressman Joe Barton from 1999 to 2004.

Laying a solid foundation for his future success, Mr. Long pursued an education at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where he earned a Bachelor of Arts in political science and international studies in 1997. He continued his academic efforts at The Catholic University of America, earning a Juris Doctor in 2005. He has also maintained his involvement with the Knights of Columbus, demonstrating his commitment to civic engagement. Beyond his professional life, he enjoys spending time with his daughters, playing golf and pickleball, and reading about history. 

Mr. Long’s involvement in his profession stems from his longstanding interest in geopolitics. Growing up in a household where his father served in the Air Force, political discourse was a regular topic of discussion. Constant updates on world affairs piqued his curiosity, leading him to develop a keen interest in the subject. Witnessing his father’s 26-year service to the country instilled a deep sense of patriotism, further fueling his desire to study geopolitical issues. 

Throughout his career, Mr. Long has made significant contributions to Food and Drug Administration reform and reauthorization acts, ensuring that the agency continues to facilitate the delivery of innovative solutions to patients. A standout moment in his career was assisting the then-minority leader in leading the Healthy Future Task Force for the Republican Party. In this role, he demonstrated his expertise by helping to develop a comprehensive agenda for the health care sector in preparation for the Republican Party to take over the majority in 2023. 

Mr. Long views success not as where he ends up personally in his career but through each task, project, or activity he has been given, focusing on the immediate goals. He notes that in his line of work, there are many tasks, and if you start thinking too far ahead about where you want to be, you will not accomplish what you need to do right now.

Looking ahead, Mr. Long is dedicated to his involvement in policy development, specifically in health care, guiding the country toward a better and sustainable path. He aims to foster an environment that promotes innovation to alleviate the burden of cancer on individuals and society. He advises aspiring professionals that opportunities come in all shapes and sizes, and it is essential to make the most of every opportunity, emphasizing to “work as if people are watching because they are.” 

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