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Kevin Kosar

Vice President, Policy, R Street Institute

Kevin Kosar is vice president of policy for the R Street Institute, where he oversees all of the institute’s research across its commercial freedom, criminal justice, energy and environment, financial markets, governance, income mobility, innovation policy, insurance and public health policy programs. He co-directs the non-partisan Legislative Branch Capacity Working Group, which aims to strengthen Congress. 

Kevin joined R Street in October 2014 from the Congressional Research Service, where he served as analyst and research manager. Earlier in his career, he was lecturer in policy and public administration at New York University and Metropolitan College of New York.

Kevin is the author of three books: Failing Grades: The Federal Politics of Education, published in 2005; Whiskey: A Global History, published in 2010; and Moonshine: A Global History, published in 2017.

He has been a Presidential Management Fellow and won the Academy of Wine Communications’ wine writer award.

Kevin received his doctorate in politics from New York University and his bachelor’s from Ohio State University. He lives in Washington, D.C.

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A truckload of watermelons: Five OMG’s from John Lawrence’s “The Class of ‘74”

November 28, 2018
John Lawrence has some tales to tell. He served nearly four decades in the House, culminating as the chief of staff to Nancy Pelosi during her stint as… Read More
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LegBranch conversations: An interview with John Lawrence

November 20, 2018
Kevin Kosar, Vice President of Policy at the R Street Institute and co-director of the Legislative Branch Capacity Working Group, interviews John Lawrence about his book, The Class of… Read More
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R Sheet on forcing votes

November 16, 2018
KEY POINTS 1) Today’s majority leaders exercise unprecedented control over the Senate floor. 2) They do so to prevent their colleagues from offering amendments without their prior approval. 3) Leaders… Read More
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New paper on CRS’s declining role in supporting committee oversight

September 10, 2018
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Video: History of congressional staffing

September 5, 2018
Congress needs staff to carry out the duties prescribed by the Constitution and demanded by the public. LegBranch.org’s Kevin Kosar discusses how from 1900 to 1990, Congress sporadically… Read More
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Congressional reform is way overdue

August 2, 2018
Source: Gallup.com President Donald J. Trump’s recent Helsinki trip was an awful spectacle. In short order, he managed to antagonize the allies we need to maintain European stability and… Read More
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The struggle between objectivity vs. neutrality continues at the Congressional Research Service

February 13, 2018
By Kevin R. Kosar Recently, leadership of the Congressional Research Service and the Library of Congress were presented with a memorandum. It expressed concern that the agencies’ analysts,… Read More
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Ten ways to unsuck Congress

January 30, 2018
“This place sucks.” Sen. Joe Manchin’s candid commentary came during discussions with Democratic leadership about whether the West Virginia senator would run for reelection. Manchin’s remarks were less a… Read More
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Agencies’ responsibilities to inform Congress: Clashing views

January 18, 2018
Source: The Hill . By Kevin R. Kosar “Notice and Comment,” the heady Yale Journal on Regulation blog, posted this short piece by Brian D. Feinstein, a University… Read More
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When Congress worked for them: Bobby Baker and congressional corruption

November 21, 2017
  To those who would wax eloquent about the good old days when Congress worked for us: let us not forget Bobby Baker, who died on November 12 at age… Read More