Aaron K. Cohen is a partner with Capitol Counsel LLC. He is a senior-level management and legislative professional with over 15 years of experience in public policy and political strategy on Capitol Hill and in the private sector.
Before joining Capitol Counsel, Cohen served as chief of staff to Senator John Ensign (R-NV). In that role, he was 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. Additionally, he served as the principal adviser to the senator on legislative, communications, and political strategies including for his seat on the Senate Finance, Budget, Commerce, and Homeland Security and Government Affairs Committees. Separately, he was responsible for the political operations including communications and campaign strategy.
Before returning to Capitol Hill, Cohen was vice president of government and political affairs for nearly five years at Kimbell & Associates, a full-service federal affairs and political strategy firm that specializes in the area of health care. During that time, Cohen managed multiple clients and represented their public policy interests particularly in, but not limited to, the field of federal healthcare policy-making. Coupled with his government affairs responsibilities, Cohen led the political operations of the firm which included providing consulting to all clients as well as organizing the firm’s political events for members of Congress, congressional campaign committees, and federal office candidates.
Prior to joining Kimbell & Associates, Cohen served for four years as Senator Ensign’s chief policy adviser on federal issues related to health care, Social Security, and veterans’ affairs. In addition, he managed the senator’s seat on the Special Committee on Aging, the Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions Committee, and the Veterans’ Affairs Committee. During this time, Cohen worked on many of the most critical health policy issues including 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.
Cohen previously worked as a policy adviser and state liaison for Senator Richard H. Bryan (D-NV) in Washington, D.C. In that position, he concentrated on issues pertaining to the judiciary, immigration, gun control, and Native American affairs. Prior to his service on Capitol Hill, Cohen worked as a physical therapy technician providing treatment, rehabilitation services, and patient education in both inpatient and outpatient clinical settings in his hometown of Las Vegas, Nevada.
In addition to his professional career, Cohen has participated in and advised on several political campaigns on the federal and state levels. He has served on various non-profit executive boards and is the past president of the Nevada State Society.
Cohen graduated from Pepperdine University in Malibu, California where he received a B.A. in political science.