Patrick Morrisey is the Republican candidate for Attorney General in West Virginia. He will bring significant legal, policy, and governmental experience to the office.
A nationally prominent health care lawyer, Morrisey served as partner and co-chair of King & Spalding's Food and Drug (FDA) and Life Science Group. In practice since 1992, Morrisey has worked on many high profile health care matters and possesses a broad array of experience on regulatory issues, Medicare, Medicaid, policy, fraud and abuse investigations, legislative, strategic counseling, and legal and policy challenges to federal statutes and regulations. Morrisey assisted the states' successful challenge to the health care law in the 11th Circuit Court of Appeals and continues to counsel Members of Congress on strategies to repeal the law. He has led successful efforts to thwart the federal government's efforts to impose price controls on health care products and seeks to limit the scope of federal regulations over our nation’s health care system. Morrisey also has extensive experience analyzing a myriad of Medicaid policies and federal matching rules, an invaluable background in light of the fact that Medicaid represents the second largest line-item expenditure in the state’s budget. From 2004 to 2010, Morrisey was a partner at Sidley Austin LLP.
During his 20 year legal career – in addition to his health care expertise -- Morrisey has handled administrative law, election law, public policy, and several criminal defense matters. Between most of 1999 to 2004, Morrisey served as the Deputy Staff Director and Chief Health Care Counsel to the House of Representatives Energy and Commerce Committee. In that capacity, Morrisey helped draft and negotiate major legislation, including the Medicare Modernization Act of 2003 and the Bioterrorism and Public Health Preparedness Act of 2002. Morrisey was the principal liaison for the Committee on health care issues to the White House, the U.S. Senate, the House of Representatives, the Department of Health and Human Services and the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services. As Deputy Staff Director, Morrisey was also familiar with other issues under the Committee’s jurisdiction, including consumer protection, energy, and environmental matters. Prior to his tenure in the House of Representatives in 1999, he was employed in private practice, owned and operated his own law firm, and worked for several public officials. Morrisey’s election law experience includes work on multiple recounts, the counseling of candidates and entities on campaign finance laws, and the training and implementation of ballot security measures in Mongolia in 1996.
Morrisey has been very active in the Eastern Panhandle community since moving to West Virginia in 2006. He has written a regular column for the Spirit of Jefferson newspaper and volunteered for the Potomac Street Project, an ongoing effort to rebuild part of downtown Harpers Ferry. A member of the Eastern Panhandle Business Association, Morrisey has also served on the Jefferson County Republican Executive Committee.
Originally from New Jersey, Morrisey earned a bachelor of arts in history and political science, with honors, (obtaining high honors in history) from Rutgers College in 1989 and a juris doctor from Rutgers Law School-Newark, in 1992. A product of a working-class family, Morrisey is licensed to practice law in West Virginia, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and the District of Columbia. He is married and has a 14-year old step-daughter.