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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.


Congressional undersight: Congress’s low capacity in foreign affairs and war-making

November 12, 2019
Currently, however, Congress’s oversight capacity is alarmingly lacking. The legislative branch simply does not have the levels of staff resources, funding or expertise to conduct effective oversight of the executive… Read More

Recommendation to the House Select Committee on the Modernization of Congress to bolster remote and district office technology for First Branch Continuity of Government

November 9, 2019
Aftermath of the 1915 bombing of the Capitol. Source: Library of Congress. The ability to receive and convey secure information is a constitutional imperative for Members of Congress and… Read More

Congressional Capacity and Endless War in Afghanistan & Syria

November 8, 2019
Source: RSVP here. U.S. military personnel invaded Afghanistan almost two decades ago, and the U.S government began supplying aid to Syrian rebels in 2012. In… Read More

Groups ask Pelosi and McCarthy to extend the Select Committee on the Modernization of Congress

November 6, 2019
The Select Committee on the Modernization of Congress’ charter expires in two months. Plainly, there is a ton more that needs to be done to reform and reinvigorate Congress. A diverse… Read More

A dynamic relationship: How Congress and the presidency shape foreign policy

November 6, 2019
To better understand what happens when the pendulum of power swings back and forth between Congress and the president, this paper examines the procedural and strategic dynamics that underlie the… Read More

Democrats signal they may be ready to play hardball on the impeachment process

November 5, 2019
Those following the unfolding impeachment drama have turned their eyes to Thursday’s much-anticipated vote in the House on a resolution that formalizes procedures for the House’s inquiry into… Read More

Everything you’ve ever wanted to know about educational pipelines to Capitol Hill

November 4, 2019
Paths from college to the Capitol for every DC-based congressional staffer. What schools produce the most staffers on Capitol Hill? Do certain colleges or universities have established pipelines to the… Read More

Testimony on zombie programs, aka unauthorized appropriations

October 31, 2019
Written testimony of Kevin R. Kosar Vice President of Policy, R Street Institute Before the U.S. Senate, Committee on Homeland Security and Government Affairs,… Read More

Last time Congress got its mojo back

October 30, 2019
Ever since they retook control of the House of Representatives last November, Democrats have been itching for a proper fight with President Trump. Still, at the behest of their leaders,… Read More

Why Congress can’t sue to end military conflicts

October 29, 2019
Despite significant military engagement, Congress did not directly authorize hostilities in either Libya or Syria. And both instances were criticized by scholars and members of Congress as an… Read More