Mary Beth Waddell

Director of Federal Affairs, Family and Religious Liberty

Mary Beth Waddell, J.D. serves as the Director of Federal Affairs - Family and Religious Liberty for Family Research Council. Under the direction of the Vice President for Policy and Government Affairs, she develops FRC's work with legislators and federal agencies on religious liberty and family issues. Her work with legislators and their staff includes providing fact sheets and analysis on legislation, assisting in developing talking points, offering amendment suggestions, and helping prepare for hearings. Her work with federal agencies includes meeting with agency officials to discuss regulations and regulatory reform that relates to religious liberty and family. Additionally, she drafts comments for submission through the standard agency notice and comment framework.


Beyond lobbying and tracking legislation, she sometimes serves as a spokesperson for FRC in media. She writes op eds and blogs, helps edit press releases and the like, takes interviews, and appears on FRC's radio show, "Washington Watch" with FRC President Tony Perkins.


Prior to joining FRC, she worked for Congressman Joseph R. Pitts and the Senate Judiciary Committee. Mary Beth holds a Juris Doctorate from Mercer University Walter F. George School of Law. She is originally from South Carolina and has been in the DC area since 2014.


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Recent Activity

Amid an Earthquake, Taiwan Is Experiencing an Unprecedented Spiritual Awakening

Ralph Norman, Mary Beth Waddell, Blaine Holt, John Stemberger, Mary Szoch

Chuck Holton, Jerry Boykin, Doug LaMalfa, Mary Beth Waddell, Dr. Jay Johnston

Bob Good, Marc Marano, Mary Beth Waddell, David Closson

Stephen Moore, Mary Beth Waddell, Chuck Donovan, Dr. Jennifer Bauwens, David Closson

Mary Miller, Chris Mitchell, Morse Tan, Mary Beth Waddell, Ken Klukowski

Mary Beth Waddell, Dan Bishop, John Lott, Josiah O'Neil, George Barna

Pat Fallon, Mary Beth Waddell, Gordon Chang, Suzie Pollock, Steve Viars

Roger Wicker, Todd Rokita, Mike Berry, Chuck Grassley, Mary Beth Waddell

Kevin Brady, Vicky Hartzler, Mary Beth Waddell, Andrew Bostom

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Women Must Be Protected in the NDAA

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Mark Green, Mary Beth Waddell, Roger Severino, Gordon Chang

Vicky Hartzler, Mike Huckabee, Max Eden, Mary Beth Waddell, Connor Semelsberger

Women Should Not Be Drafted into Selective Service

FRC On the Hill (May 10-14)

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Marsha Blackburn, Michael Cloud, Reince Priebus, Mary Beth Waddell

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Mary Beth Waddell, Jacob Reaume, Glenn Sunshine

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Reince Priebus, Ken Blackwell, J. Christian Adams, Connor Semelsberger, Mary Beth Waddell, Joseph Backholm, Brent Keilen

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A Victory for Truth: Transgender Study Corrected

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David Cortman, Dave Brat, Travis Weber, Mary Beth Waddell

HHS Rules! Another Religious Liberty Fix from Team Trump

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'We're all in this together' should apply to needy children too

Religious Freedom: A Consistent Priority for the Trump Administration

Greg Murphy, Matt Boyle, Mary Beth Waddell, Hiram Sasser

Chris Wilson, Mary Beth Waddell, JP Duffy, Doug Mainwaring

HHS Rule Protects Faith-Based Adoption Agencies to Celebrate National Adoption Month

Mary Beth Waddell, Debbie Lesko, Carter Conlon, William Boykin, David Closson

Mary Beth Waddell, Michelle Cretella, William Boykin, Penny Nance

Harry Jackson, Mary Beth Waddell, JC Rico, Tyler O'Neil

"Do No Harm Act" Threatens Our First Freedom

The inequality of the Equality Act

Ralph Norman, Mary Beth Waddell, Gordon Chang, Mark Harris, Harry Jackson

Sen. Roy Blunt, Rep. Andy Harris, Terry Jeffrey, Chris Gacek, David Closson, Mary Beth Waddell

National Adoption Month Launches with Assault on Faith-based Adoption

Forcing faith-based agencies out of the system is a disservice to women