Christie Herrera is Director of the Health and Human Services Task Force at the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC), the nation’s largest nonpartisan voluntary membership association of state legislators. At ALEC, Christie drives model legislation, conducts research, builds coalition support, and heightens media awareness in support of pro-patient health care policy. Since Christie joined ALEC in 2005, 38 states have enacted model legislation drafted by ALEC’s Health and Human Services Task Force. Christie has been a key figure in galvanizing state pushback against the federal health care law. Legislators in 42 states have introduced or announced ALEC’s Freedom of Choice in Health Care Act, model legislation mirrored on Arizona Proposition 101 and designed to block an individual mandate and protect patients’ rights. The model has been enacted in 14 states via the legislature or the ballot box, and served as the basis of Commonwealth v. Sebelius, Virginia’s first-in-the-nation lawsuit against the federal individual mandate. Christie has testified before 13 state legislatures, and she has been a featured speaker to legislative caucuses, nonprofit organizations, trade associations, and business groups across the country. A contributing editor to Health Care News, her policy work has been covered by the New York Times, the Washington Post, the Wall Street Journal, the Economist, Politico, and Fox News Channel, among other media outlets. Christie holds a B.S. in communication studies and an M.S. in political science from Florida State University.