Kimberly S. Sokoloski is a government relations consultant with the Harrisburg office of Buchanan Ingersoll & Rooney PC. She draws on her 20 years of experience working with various elements in Pennsylvania government to represent and advocate for her clients' interests before government officials.
Kim’s knowledge of the inner workings of the Pennsylvania General Assembly derives from serving as a legislative assistant in the House, executive director of the Senate Law and Justice Committee and the Senate Aging and Youth Committee in the state Senate, chief of staff to Senator Dave Heckler, and director of legislative affairs in the Department of Health.
Prior to joining Buchanan, Kimberly was a member of another Harrisburg government relations consulting firm for six years.
Current and former clients she has assisted include Astra Zeneca, Merck, Wyeth, Western PA Conservancy, Riverlife, Bayada Home Health Care, Seniorlink, Jameson Health System, St. Luke's Hospital & Health Network, Temple Health Systems, Constellation, Columbia Gas, Conoco Phillips, Midwest Generation, Pennsylvania Apartment Association, Pennsylvania Bus Association, Pennsylvania School Bus Association, and the American Forest and Paper Association.
Kim has acquired a wealth of knowledge regarding landlord and tenant matters and was instrumental in the passage of wage attachment for landlords and abandoned property overhaul. She has worked diligently on transportation matters as they relate to contracted school transportation and the motorcoach industry. She has recently spearheaded the passage of legislation allowing for audiotaping on school buses and providing flexibility for annual physicals. She has also focused on environmental matters as they pertain to conservation, land transfers, waterfront development, game and fish protections, oil industry, coal burning power plants and the forestry industry. She works extensively on securing state funding for key projects for clients.
While Kim has handled a wide variety of matters for clients, she has particular experience with the diverse and complex facets of health-related issues. She has developed strong working relationships with primary decision-makers and their staffs working on matters such as prescription drug pricing; pharmaceutical and biotech issues; arthritis funding increase; managed-care reform; hospital and nursing home licensure; Hepatitis B and Hepatitis C vaccinations; medical malpractice in volunteer health clinics; and community and public health issues. She worked closely with in-state pharmaceutical companies to gain passage of a law creating penalties for ecoterrorism in Pennsylvania. Kim also worked closely with the General Assembly and the Department of Public Welfare to secure a carve-out for hemophilia products on the commonwealth's preferred drug list.
Prior to working in government affairs, Kim was appointed by the Governor’s Office as the director of legislative affairs with the Department of Health, serving as the legislative liaison between the department, the Governor’s Office and the General Assembly on a variety of health care issues. She advocated on behalf of the administration on managed-care reform, Hepatitis B vaccinations, hospital and nursing home licensure, HIV reportability, public bathing, emergency medical services in preparation for terrorism, prescribing authority for optometrists, vital statistics, statewide community health clinics, tanning beds, tattoo parlors, and community and public health issues. She successfully guided both the secretary of health and the physician general through the state Senate confirmation process.
As executive director of the Senate Aging and Youth Committee and the Senate Law and Justice Committee under the chairman, Senator Dave Heckler, she researched and drafted legislation such as adoption and termination of parental rights, child abuse, elder abuse, medically incompetent drivers, butane inhalation, long-term care and liquor privatization.
She was appointed by the Senate as a key staffer to draft the expanded PACE and create the PACENET program in Pennsylvania. She also served as the Harrisburg chief of staff, working on a variety of proprietary issues such as suburban sprawl, substance abuse among pregnant women, standby guardianship, juvenile justice reform, food stamp fraud, inmate wiretaps, managed care and teacher strikes.