At a Glance
- Career History: Democratic Staff Director and Chief Counsel, Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee (1998 to 2009); Staff director, Immigration and Refugees Subcommittee, Senate Judiciary Committee (1994 to 1998); Director for policy, Office of Humanitarian and Refugee Affairs, Defense Department (1992 to 1994); Counsel, Immigration and Refugee Subcommittee, Senate Judiciary Committee (1987 to 1993)
- Birthday: April 17, 1955
- Hometown: Washington, D.C.
- Alma Mater: Columbia University, B.A. (political science), 1979; Columbia University, M.A. (political science), 1981
- Office: 527 Hart Senate Office BuildingWashington, District of Columbia20510-6002(202) 224-7676
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Path to Power
Myers earned a bachelor's degree in political science from Columbia University in 1979.
After graduation, he worked for a year as a staffer for the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights in Hanoi, Vietnam, from 1979 until 1980.
As former staff director and senior adviser for the powerful Senate HELP Committee, Myers had an impact on nearly every bill that went through the committee, which has jurisdiction over a broad swath of issues related to education, labor, health and public welfare, including the minimum wage, national service, immigration, people with disabilities and quite a bit more.
Myers worked on reauthorizations of the Higher Education Act and No Child Left Behind, and he worked on the 2007 Mental Health Parity Act, which expanded insurance coverage for mental health treatments. "With modern medicine, mental illnesses are just as treatable as physical illnesses," he said. "So it makes no sense for health insurance to cover one and not the other."
Myers worked for Sen. Edward M. Kennedy (D-Mass.) and Sen. Tom Harkin (D-Iowa) on the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee, where he teamed up with former health policy director David Bowen.
Caya B. Lewis, HELP's former deputy staff directory for health, is now directing outreach and public health policy for the Health and Human Services Department's Office of Health Reform, headed by Jeanne Lambrew.
While he was working at the Defense Department in 1996, Myers gave $250 to Massachusetts Rep. Jim McGovern (D), according to the Center for Responsive Politics.