A Montana native, Bousliman served as the lead staffer on the Senate Finance Committee for issue areas focused on energy, transportation and excise taxes under committee chairman Senator Max Baucus (D-MT). Most notably, Bousliman led the committee's policy work in designing the energy tax portions of the Tax Relief, Unemployment Insurance Reauthorization and Job Creation Act of 2010; the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009; and the Energy Improvement and Extension Act of 2008. As a Finance Committee staff member for over a decade, Bousliman also has broad experience in health care, having served as both Professional Staff on Medicare provider payment issues and as Acting Chief for health care and entitlements.
Bousliman was the lead Finance Committee staff member on tobacco taxes that were modified as part of the Children's Health Insurance Program Reauthorization Act of 2009. From 2008 to 2010, Bousliman focused on legislation to strengthen the Highway Trust Fund and championed efforts to revise taxes that pay for the Airport and Airway Trust Fund. Most recently, Bousliman worked as a senior policy advisor with Holland & Knight's Government Section.