Governor Howard Dean is a Senior Advisor in the Public Policy and Regulation practice at Dentons. He focuses on health care and energy issues, as well as providing expertise derived from his extensive experience in public office.
A recognized thought-leader in health care reform, Governor Dean works with clients to navigate complicated regulations and political challenges in both the private and public sectors. Through partnering industry with business and community interests he is at the forefront of promoting high quality and affordable health care while supporting innovation.
Respected for his fiscally moderate policies as Governor, he understands first-hand the severe budget constraints that are challenging state and municipal governments. With an extensive set of contacts nationally, Governor Dean is uniquely positioned to develop partnerships between industry stakeholders and local governments.
Governor Dean comes to Dentons after serving as Chairman of the Democratic National Committee, where he created and implemented the “50 State Strategy”, encouraging the cultivation of candidates in every state at every level, rather than solely the traditionally democratic-leaning states.
Governor Dean began his life in politics in 1982 when he transitioned from a full-time practicing physician to an elected representative in Vermont. Governor Dean raised his profile in the state, culminating in 12 years of service as Vermont’s governor - the second longest serving in the state. He was known for his fiscal responsibility as well as his efforts in health care reform.
Respected on both sides of the political aisle, Governor Dean served as chairman of the National Governors' Association, the Democratic Governors' Association, as well as the New England Governors' Conference while serving as Governor of Vermont. Governor Dean left office in Vermont to run for President in 2003 where he implemented innovative fundraising strategies such as use of the internet, pioneering techniques used by both parties in the 2008 election.