Deborah Suder is a key member of the firm's State Government Relations Section. She focuses on the clear and effective flow of information to clients, members of the Pennsylvania General Assembly and their staffs on behalf of several major companies including MasterCard Worldwide, PECO and Hewlett-Packard.
Deborah's background includes lobbying for savings and loans, savings banks and retail operations on the deregulation of usury rate ceiling. She played a key role in the allocation of the Pennsylvania tobacco settlement and tobacco control measures implemented in Pennsylvania and in the slots at race tracks legislative efforts.
In 2017, Deborah received the Pennsylvania Ski Areas Association's "Spirit of Excellence Award for Pennsylvania Snow Sports," honored for her more than 20 years of service to the winter sports industry. She was thanked for her work as an advocate for the winter sports industry, which has included curbing difficult regulations, controlling fees and taxes, and impacting legislation.
Prior to joining Buchanan in 1993, Deborah served as assistant vice president of government affairs for the Pennsylvania Association of Community Bankers. In this role, she served as a lobbyist and assistant secretary of a political action committee for the state's community banks, savings and loan associations and savings banks representing over $56 billion in assets. Her responsibilities included administering a legislative contact system, monitoring and reporting of federal and state legislation and regulations affecting the financial community and promoting the increase of political activity in membership.
Included in Deborah's experience is more than two years as associate director of governmental affairs for the Pennsylvania Retailers Association. In this position, she served in government relations capacities representing Pennsylvania's general merchandise, swimming pool, jewelry and drug retailing industries.
In 2019, Deborah was named one of Central Penn Business Journal's Women of Influence. In addition, she has been selected by her peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America® since 2010, and was named a 2014 "Lawyer of the Year" for her work in the Harrisburg Government Relations Practice by Best Lawyers.
University of Pennsylvania, M.A., 1984, Governmental Administration
Lock Haven State College, B.S., 1981, Political Science and Pre-Law
2002 Pennsylvania Public Policy Leadership Program
Outstanding Young Woman of America Award
Lock Haven University, Council of Trustees
Lock Haven Alumni Association, Board of Directors
Lock Haven University Foundation
Pennsylvania Council of Alumni Associations
State System of Higher Education Advocacy, Legislative and Developmental Affairs Committee
Pennsylvania Society of Association Executives, Government Affairs Committee
Leadership Harrisburg Area, faculty member
Harrisburg Regional Chamber, Board of Directors, member Harrisburg Regional Chamber, Government Relations Committee, member
The Advocacy Group, Chairman - Board of Directors
Harrisburg Regional Chamber and Capital Region Economic Development Corp., Chair