Senator Thomas Daschle Joins Foundation’s Council


Key Points

  • Thomas A. Daschle served in the US House of Representatives and the Senate and became a longstanding Senate Democratic Leader.
  • He is now founder and CEO of The Daschle Group, where he advises clients on national issues.
  • The Council is a dedicated group of individuals who provide advice and assist with raising funds and building awareness.
Senator Thomas Daschle

The Foundation is pleased to welcome Senator Thomas A. Daschle, founder and CEO of The Daschle Group, to its Council, a group of passionate individuals who to help build awareness and raise funds for focused ultrasound.

Senator Daschle has participated in the development and debate of almost every major public policy issue of the last three decades. In 1978, he was elected to the US House of Representatives, where he served for eight years. In 1986, he was elected to the US Senate and was chosen as Senate Democratic Leader in 1994. Senator Daschle is one of the longest serving Senate Democratic Leaders in history and one of only two to serve twice as both.

Now, as head of The Daschle Group, a Public Policy Advisory of Baker Donelson, he advises clients on a broad array of key national issues, including health care, energy, transportation, and the environment. The full-service strategic advisory firm based in Washington, DC, provides strategic counsel, political intelligence, advocacy, and media consulting services.

His interests in healthcare policy are well documented. Senator Daschle co-authored a book addressing the healthcare crisis and serves as a member of the Bipartisan Commission on Biodefense, an organization dedicated to policies to strengthen national biodefense. He also serves as co-chair of the National Institute for Civil Discourse and is a member of the Health Policy and Management Executive Council at the Harvard School of Public Health.

“Focused ultrasound is an extraordinarily transformational therapeutic technological development,” said Senator Daschle. “It has the potential to offer new treatment and new hope in addressing many or the most challenging medical disorders. I am pleased to be a part of the Focused Ultrasound Foundation.”

Senator Daschle is also the Chair of the board of directors at the Center for American Progress and the National Democratic Institute. He serves on the boards of the Edward M. Kennedy Institute, the LBJ Foundation, and the World Food Program USA. He is also a member of the Council of Foreign Relations.

After graduating from South Dakota State University in 1969, he served as an intelligence officer in the US Air Force Strategic Command for three years. Following his military service, he spent five years as an aide to Senator James Abourezk.

“We are honored to have Tom as the newest member of the Council,” said Foundation Chairman Neal F. Kassell, MD. “His profound knowledge of healthcare policy and financing, coupled with his vast network, will be invaluable in advancing our mission of accelerating the development and adoption of focused ultrasound.”