Jesse Weathington joins Total Spectrum with more than 15 years of experience both in Georgia state government and as a private sector advocate.
He is one of Georgia’s rising stars and brings clients his extensive knowledge of health care policy and the budget process, as well as a deep understanding of Georgia politics. Jesse also provides his clients experience as an advocate who has successfully navigated Georgia government and helped shape public policy. He is a trusted advisor to many public officials and has an extensive network of contacts within the Deal administration, department heads, members of the General Assembly, and key decision makers across the state.
Jesse began his career as a member of the committee staff for the Georgia House of Representatives. Here he worked on numerous issues, including the first revision of Georgia’s Certificate of Need statute in decades and the largest reorganization of state government since Jimmy Carter was Governor.
He was then recruited to be Director of Legislative and External Affairs for the Department of Community Health (DCH), where he managed external relationships for the $14 billion agency that serves more than 2.2 million Georgians. Jesse’s tenure at DCH included the passage and implementation of the Affordable Care Act. He helped author and later finance an updated grant-in-aid funding formula for Georgia’s 159 counties – the first in over 35 years – and instituted reforms to the constituent services and Medicaid eligibility processes.
Jesse returned to the state legislature as a Fiscal and Policy Analyst for the House Budget and Research Office, which works for the leadership of the House Appropriations Committee. He drafted the state budget across the spectrum of health and human services agencies and worked with every major industry and stakeholder group in the health care sector.
He left state government in 2015, and has achieved great success as a private sector advocate in a few short years including passing a new licensing statute for durable medical equipment providers, multiple state regulation exemptions for a multi-national pharmaceutical manufacturer, due process protections for Medicaid providers, and securing ongoing state funding and capital funding for a junior military college.
Weathington also serves on the Board and Executive Committee of the Conservative Policy Leadership Institute (CPLI), a non-profit organization which recruits policy-oriented individuals who have demonstrated leadership experience and who desire an advanced issue-based education grounded in conservative thought. Jesse will shape the content of six sessions for the class of scholars and alumni, including elected officials, candidates for statewide office, and leaders from the business, legal, and medical community.
Jesse attended the University of Georgia (UGA) and graduated from Georgia State University (GSU) with a bachelor’s degree in economics and a certificate in health policy. Jesse has long experience as a public speaker and debater and is recognized as an expert in health and human services and the state budget.