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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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Video: Congress and the judiciary: What the House and Senate can do to fix the courts

June 18, 2019
 Court reform is moving to the forefront of political discourse. On the 2020 presidential campaign trail, candidates are… Read More
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Permanent appropriations: Might they improve the budget process?

June 17, 2019
If you have not read Prof. Andrew Taylor’s article in the latest copy of National Affairs, you should. It is… Read More
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Video: Behind the committee doors: The staffing traits and trends of Congress’ legislative deal-breakers

June 12, 2019
 Congressional committees are well-known bodies in Washington, D.C. If you are in politics—whether a member, staffer, scholar or… Read More
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Congress’ science and technology knowledge problem

June 11, 2019
 By Kevin R. Kosar “Suppose you were an idiot,” Mark Twain once quipped, “and suppose you were a member… Read More
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Testimony: CRS has made great strides, but more improvement needed

April 2, 2019
Written testimony of Kevin R. Kosar Vice President of Policy, R Street Institute Before the House of Representatives Legislative Branch Appropriations Subcommittee April 2, 2019 Thank you, Chairman Ryan, Ranking… Read More
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New R Sheet: Post-cloture debate time for presidential nominations

March 20, 2019
Key Points: 1) Republicans can speed up the confirmation process by enforcing the Senate’s current rules and practices. 2) Strictly enforcing the provisions of Rule XXII limits the amount… Read More
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GAO versus the ghost of OTA: Who will win the science and technology assessment race?

March 20, 2019
Hardly anyone would argue that Congress is well equipped to make technology policy. Very few members are techies, and let’s face it, innovation is hurtling forward at a mind-blowing pace. Read More
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OK, so the House wants to reform itself? Here’s what it should really do.

January 30, 2019
Early this month, on the opening day of the 116th Congress, something unusual happened: The House of Representatives took a step to reform itself. Legislators approved a package… Read More
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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