Edward Long, Ph.D.

Vice President

Edward Long, Ph.D., an expert in health appropriations and policy, became a Vice President with Van Scoyoc Associates Inc. in January 2009, following a distinguished and varied career in appropriations and public health consulting and on Capitol Hill.

Over the last decade and a half, Dr. Long has built a substantial government affairs practice in health and education policy and appropriations, focusing on academic health centers, medical research, public health, wellness, and disability policy. He has worked closely with Congress’ appropriations and authorizing committees, as well as the Department of Health and Human Services’ public health agencies, the Department of Veterans Affairs, and the Department of Defense.

Dr. Long worked with an ad hoc group of Atlanta-based businesses to develop a coalition of Congressional champions, and in the period from 2000 to 2009 helped secured $1.6 billion in Federal funding for the modernization of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Atlanta-based campuses.

Dr. Long previously worked in the U.S. House of Representatives and the Senate for 13 years. From 1993 to 1995 he served as the Majority Staff Director of the U.S. Senate Labor-HHS-Education Appropriations Subcommittee. In addition to overseeing the budgets of the Departments of Health and Human Services, Education, and Labor, he was responsible for preparing the budget for the National Institutes of Health.

Prior to joining the Appropriations Committee staff, he served on the personal staffs of Members of both the House and Senate. From 1983 to 1990, Dr. Long was Chief Foreign Policy Assistant, first for the late Congressman Ted Weiss, D-N.Y., a member of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, and later for U.S. Sen. Tom Harkin, D-Iowa. While serving Sen. Harkin in this capacity, he handled all foreign aid appropriations, including monitoring development assistance programs. He also served as Legislative Director for Sen. Harkin.

Dr. Long is adept at creating large Federal initiatives, both in conceiving those programs and working with Congress and relevant Federal agencies in implementing them. As Legislative Director for Sen. Tom Harkin, Dr. Long developed the idea of a new breast cancer research program outside the NIH and funded by the Department of Defense.

He worked with Sen. Harkin to write the legislation and secure $215 million for it in fiscal year 1993, later. He subsequently helped the Defense Department implement the project. The initiative has since secured more than $1 billion in funding, and the DOD breast cancer program became a model for Defense-funded biomedical research programs, now administered by DOD’s Congressionally Directed Medical Research Program.

Dr. Long received the Rotary Foundation’s Paul Harris award in 2005.  In 2006 he was selected to serve as a member of the Board of the Melanoma Research Foundation. Dr. Long received his Ph.D. from the University of California at San Diego. In 1982, he won a Congressional Fellowship from the American Historical Association.