Aaron K. Cohen
B.A., Pepperdine University

Capitol Counsel Staff

Aaron K. Cohen is a partner with Capitol Counsel, LLC. He is a seniorlevel management and legislative professional with nearly 20 years of experience in public policy and political strategy on Capitol Hill and in the private sector. Cohen has extensive experience in health care policy and political campaigns at the federal and state level.

Pepperdine University – B.A.



  • Office of Senator John Ensign (R-NV), Washington, D.C. – Chief of Staff. In charge of day-to-day operations in four offices located in Washington, D.C. and Nevada including management and personnel issues and administration of the budget. Principal adviser to the senator on legislative, communications, and political strategies.
  • Chief policy adviser on federal issues related to health care, Social Security, and veterans’ affairs. Worked on comprehensive Medicare reform and prescription drug coverage, national medical liability reform, health profession recruitment and retention, FDA user fee programs, bioterrorism defense, and health care coverage and delivery for veterans.
  • Kimbell & Associates, a federal affairs and political strategy firm, Washington, D.C. – Vice President of Government and Political Affairs for more than five years specializing in health care.
  • Office of Senator Richard H. Bryan (D-NV), Washington, D.C. – Policy Adviser and State Liaison. Focused on issues pertaining to the judiciary, immigration, gun control, and Native American affairs.

Cohen has participated in and advised on several political campaigns at the federal and state levels. He has served on various nonprofit executive boards and is the past president of the Nevada State Society.

Working for members of the Senate, Cohen authored and facilitated passage of multiple pieces of legislation through Congress on health care issues specific to Medicare beneficiaries, providers, women’s health, and animal health that were ultimately signed into law. In the private sector, Cohen has either led on or assisted in securing legislative and regulatory victories for clients on issues such as health care, tax policy, and veterans’ affairs. These successes have resulted in increased access to rehabilitation services for Medicare patients, expanded opportunities for Medicare providers to practice medicine, additional state flexibility for the administration of the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP), maintenance of evidence-based health programs for families, preservation of equitable tax treatment for U.S. businesses, and enhanced availability of new technologies for treating injured veterans.