John Bartrum

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John J. Bartrum
Assistant Secretary for Financial Resources at the Department of Health and Human Services
Assumed office
Pending Senate confirmation
President Donald Trump
Personal details
Spouse(s) Elizabeth Bartrum
Children 2
Education McKendree College
Southern Illinois University
George Mason University School of Law
Military service
Allegiance  United States
Branch/service  United States Air Force
Rank Colonel
Unit Air Force Reserve Command

John J. Bartrum is an American lawyer and colonel in the United States Air Force Reserve. Currently serving as a partner at Squire Patton Boggs, he has been nominated by President Donald Trump to become the next Assistant Secretary for Financial Resources at the Department of Health and Human Services.[1][2] Bartrum was a member of the Senior Executive Service, serving as a staff member on the United States House Committee on Appropriations, as budget director at the National Institutes of Health, and as a staff member in the Office of Management and Budget.[3] In his role at the House Appropriations Committee, he helped to develop the Ebola virus disease supplemental budget.[2] He is a combat veteran with nearly thirty years of military experience in both active duty and as a reserve officer. He currently serves in the rank of colonel as the mobilization assistant to the Commander Air Force Medical Operations Agency.[4]

Early Life and Childhood

Born in Evansville, Indiana the second child of four to father Norman Bartrum, a factory worker at Whirlpool, and mother Kathryn (Kitty), a homemaker, Bartrum's childhood was far from easy. His father died in a car crash while he was in grade school, and during his final years of high school, he and his brother were left to live alone. Immediately following his high school graduation, despite a scholarship offer to a state university, Bartrum followed his family's legacy and enlisted in the U.S. Air Force.[5]

Military career

At age 17, Bartrum enlisted in the U.S. Air Force, serving for six years in active duty before continuing his service in the U.S. Air Force Reserves. As an enlisted, Bartrum worked in aircraft maintenance in the 375th Consolidated Aircraft Maintenance Squadron at Scott AFB in Illinois.[6] In May 1990, Bartrum began serving in the Air Force Reserves and rose through the ranks over the course of his 30+ year career to become Colonel on June 1, 2013.

Bartrum is a combat veteran, who was mobilized in support of Operations Desert Shield and Storm and Iraqi Freedom. He currently serves as a Colonel in the Medical Service Corps assigned to a Brigadier General position as the Mobilization Assistant to the Commander Air Force Medical Operations Agency (AFMOA).[6]


During his time in the Air Force, Bartrum completed an associate degree in Survival/Rescue Operations from the Community College of the Air Force. Later, while stationed at Scott AFB just east of St. Louis, he obtained his Bachelors in Business Administration from McKendree College. In 1991, he finished his second associate degree from the Community College of the Air Force in Bioenvironmental Engineering.[6]

Bartrum then went on to receive his Masters in Business Administration from Southern Illinois University in 1994, and his J.D. from the George Mason University School of Law in 2004. Since obtaining his J.D., Bartrum has pursued continuing education degrees and certificates, completing courses at the Air Command and Staff College and the Air War College.[6]


Bartrum resides in Arlington, Virginia with his wife Elizabeth Bartrum, a civil servant with the National Institute of Health, and twin daughters, Olivia and Sophia.


  1. ^ "PN785 — John J. Bartrum — Department of Health and Human Services". Retrieved 8 December 2017.
  2. ^ a b Gooch, Kelly (February 13, 2017). "Col. John Bartrum joins Squire Patton Boggs healthcare and life sciences industry group: 6 things to know". Becker's Hospital Review. Retrieved 8 December 2017.
  3. ^ Wagner, Erich (July 14, 2017). "Appointee Watch: Key Posts at Agriculture, Energy and Justice". Government Executive. Retrieved 8 December 2017.
  4. ^ "President Donald J. Trump Announces Key Additions to his Administration". The White House. July 13, 2017. Retrieved 8 December 2017. This article incorporates text from this source, which is in the public domain.
  5. ^ Bartrum, John (2018-03-20). "Bartrum Opening Statement" (PDF).
  6. ^ a b c d "COLONEL JOHN J. BARTRUM > Air Reserve Personnel Center > Display". Retrieved 2018-03-20.

External links

  • Biography at Squire Patton Boggs
  • Biography at U.S. Air Force
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