John Rother is the Executive Vice President of Policy and Strategy for AARP. He is responsible for the federal and state public policies of the Association, for international initiatives, and for formulating AARP's overall strategic direction. He is an authority on Medicare, managed care, long-term care, Social Security, pensions and the challenges facing the boomer generation. Prior to coming to AARP in 1984, Mr. Rother served eight years with the U.S. Senate as Special Counsel for Labor and Health to former Senator Jacob Javits (R-NY), then as Staff Director and Chief Counsel for the Special Committee on Aging under its Chairman, Senator John Heinz (R-PA). He serves on several notable Boards and Commissions, including the National Coalition on Health Care and the Alliance for Healthcare Reform, is a frequently quoted in the news, and regularly presents at conferences and congressional briefings. John Rother is an honors graduate of Oberlin College and the University Of Pennsylvania School Of Law.