A veteran of several high-profile political campaigns, Lanhee has held positions in government, the private sector, and academia. Most recently, he was the senior adviser on policy to the National Republican Senatorial Committee during the 2014 election.
Lanhee was the policy director for the Romney-Ryan 2012 presidential campaign. In that role, he served as Governor Mitt Romney’s chief policy adviser, a senior strategist on the campaign, and the person responsible for developing the campaign’s domestic and foreign policy. He advised Romney on every major public policy challenge facing the United States and worked with a variety of stakeholders, including the congressional leadership, industry and business interests, and policy experts, to shape the campaign’s issues agenda.
Lanhee also served as the deputy campaign manager and policy director of Steve Poizner’s 2010 California gubernatorial campaign, the domestic policy director of Governor Romney’s first presidential bid in 2008, and a health policy adviser to the Bush-Cheney reelection campaign in 2004.
In the George W. Bush administration, Lanhee was a senior official at the US Department of Health and Human Services.
His private sector experience includes having been an associate attorney with the international law firm of Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP, where he practiced business litigation. Lanhee was also the Winnie Neubauer Visiting Fellow in Health Policy Studies at the Heritage Foundation and worked as a health policy advocate for a major business trade association in Washington, DC.