December 2, 2022 3 min read


James D. Schultz Becomes Scientific Games’ EVP of Global Policy and Government Affairs

On Thursday, Scientific Games named James D Schultz, a highly experienced attorney, and policy advisor, as its executive vice president of global public policy and government affairs.

Government Affairs, Public Policy, and Advocacy

In this position, Schultz will be responsible for unified government affairs, public policy, and advocacy agenda in order to support the global business expansion and growth of Scientific Games. He will be also tasked with establishing the company as the preferred partner for state lotteries across the globe and helping increase the profits to finance lottery beneficiaries.

“With his significant policy and legislative experience coupled with a deep understanding of the dynamics businesses face in highly regulated industries, Jim will play a critical role in advancing Scientific Games’ mission to create secure, sustainable solutions that empower our lottery partners worldwide to maximize good cause funding.”

Pat McHugh, chief executive officer, Scientific Games

McHugh further commented that the global lottery industry is exciting and very rapidly growing as well. He added that Schultz would help the company’s customers and associations support the responsible approach of the lottery industry to gain billions of dollars each year for lottery beneficiaries.

Schultz’s Experience and Previous Positions

Schultz has two decades of experience in advising institutions, big corporations, government leaders, and government organizations as well. He also has overseen strategy and policy matters relating to legislative initiatives, government engagement, government contracting and procurement, administrative law matters, and ethics protocols on a federal and state basis.

Prior to his appointment at Scientific Games, Schultz held various high government positions such as General Counsel to the Governor of Pennsylvania as well as Senior Associate Counsel and Special Assistant to the then President of the US Donald Trump in the Office of White House Counsel January 20, 2017, to November 24, 2017. He has advised government officials from both Democrat and Republican administrations.

In November 2022, Schultz was named to the transition personnel team for Pennsylvania Governor-elect Josh Shapiro, which is chaired by Democratic Lt. Gov.-elect Austin Davis.

Previously, Schultz has served as a partner at the Holland & Knight law firm in Philadelphia and Washington, D.C., and was engaged with litigation matters for international law company Cozen O’Connor. Schultz obtained a Bachelor of Arts degree from Temple University and a Juris Doctor degree from Widener University Commonwealth Law School.

Scientific Games Corp is a leading provider of gaming products, systems, and services to the lottery industry. The company has operations in 50 countries worldwide. In November 2022, it extended its contract agreement with the Idaho Lottery.


Yasmin is an iGaming and gaming journalist with over 10 years of writing about various publications. Her experience spans the entirety of iGaming, traditional sports, as well as online poker. She is well-versed in every aspect of online gaming and her wealth of knowledge provides additional substance to our coverage.

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