Rosemary Gutierrez brings more than two decades of Congressional experience, including expertise across dozens of policy issues, to assist Mehlman Castagnetti Rosen & Thomas’ clients navigate a wide range policy and political challenges. Most recently, Rosemary served as Deputy Chief of Staff and Legislative Director for United States Senator Maria Cantwell (D-WA), where she oversaw the Senator’s entire legislative agenda and work on the Finance, Commerce, Indian Affairs, Small Business and Energy Committees.
Among her many legislative accomplishments, Rosemary helped expand the low-income housing tax credit, increase criminal penalties on manufacturers and distributors of opioids, and secure funding in the FY18 National Defense Authorization (NDAA) bill for water remediation and environmental restoration after groundwater contamination. She also successfully secured funding in the 2020 United States Mexico Canada Agreement (USMCA) to increase support for trade.
When Washington residents were the first in the nation diagnosed with COVID-19 in January 2020, Senator Cantwell tapped Rosemary to serve as her point person on coronavirus pandemic response efforts. Rosemary worked with constituents and stakeholders to ensure that Senator Cantwell’s priorities were included in the four COVID-19 funding measures, including implementation of the CARES Act’s Hospital and Health Care Providers Fund.
Rosemary began her Senate career working for United States Senator Tom Harkin (D-IA), where she was a senior advisor on appropriations, foreign affairs, immigration, and human rights. Most notably, Rosemary helped the Senator negotiate a multi-million dollar funding commitment with multiple Fortune 500 companies to address abusive child labor within their supply chains. In 1999, she worked with former Senator Jesse Helms’ (R-NC) staff to ensure the Senate’s swift advice and consent of the International Labor Organization’s Convention 182, a treaty calling for the elimination of the worst forms of child labor. The following year, she led efforts to amend the Trade and Development Act of 2000 to eliminate abusive child labor practices.
Enhancing her Senate career, Rosemary served in two United Nations Missions in Haiti and East Timor helping to build a transitional government, advance human rights, strengthen democratic institutions, and carry out legislative and local elections.