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Ashli Palmer

Ashli Palmer

A former senior staffer in the Obama Administration and House Democratic Leadership, Ashli is an experienced and widely respected legislative and public affairs professional.  Clients turn to Ashli for the expertise, insights, and perspective she offers into the Democratic Caucus generally and the freshman class specifically.

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At a Glance

Career Highlights

  • Director of Floor Operations, Majority Whip James E. Clyburn
  • Director of Government Affairs, CVS Health
  • Policy Director, Assistant Democratic Leader James E. Clyburn
  • Chief of Staff, Rural Business Services Agency (USDA)

Areas of Expertise

  • Democratic Politics and Strategy – Leadership & Caucus
  • Healthcare
  • Appropriations
  • Education
  • House Rules and Procedures
  • Rural Issues

Key Legislation

  • Equality Act
  • Raise the Wage Act
  • American Dream and Promise Act
  • Elijah E. Cummings Lower Drug Costs Now Act
  • Appropriations Bills


  • Spelman College


Ashli Palmer joined Peck Madigan Jones after two stints in House Democratic Leadership, a senior position in the Obama Administration, and serving in the Washington office of the nation’s largest healthcare company. Clients turn to Ashli for the expertise and perspective she acquired in leadership roles in the Office of the Majority Whip, Office of the Assistant Democratic Leader and the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Ashli advises clients on legislative and political strategy, coalition building and policy development in a broad portfolio including healthcare, appropriations, rural and education issues.

Ashli most recently served as Director of Floor Operations to House Majority Whip James E. Clyburn (D-SC), where she was the first African American woman to serve in this capacity. In this role, she was responsible for ensuring a favorable outcome on all House legislation that reached the floor. She played a crucial role ensuring passage of critical legislation on the House Floor, including USCMA, Equality Act, Minimum Wage, and Net Neutrality. Ashli was assigned the task of advising the Speaker, the Majority Leader and Majority Whip of the House of Representatives on where the House Democratic Caucus stood on important priorities. In addition, Ashli served as a trusted advisor to Members of the Congressional Black Caucus, newly elected members and frontline/vulnerable members.

Prior to re-joining Democratic House Leadership, Ashli served as the Director of Government Affairs for CVS Health, the nation’s largest healthcare company. In this role, Ashli led federal strategy focusing on House Democrats.

Earlier in her career, Ashli was the policy director to the Assistant Democratic Leader Clyburn. In this capacity, she was directly responsible for crafting healthcare and appropriations legislation. Additionally, during the Obama Administration, Ashli worked as the Chief of Staff to the Rural Business Services Agency (USDA), managing an 80-person staff while maximizing opportunities for USDA’s investment in rural America and outreach opportunities, including outreach to underserved areas.

Ashli is a proud graduate of Spelman College and resides in Washington D.C. with her husband and two sons.