Josh Kardon is partner and general counsel for Capitol Counsel LLC. Kardon brings over two decades of experience to the firm, focusing on legislative advocacy and political campaigns.
Before joining Capitol Counsel, Kardon was senior vice president of Capitol Hill Consulting Group, a Washington, D.C. government relations firm. There, he advised clients on health, energy, taxation, and natural resources issues.
Of the 21 years Kardon spent on Capitol Hill, 17 of those were served as chief of staff to Senator Ron Wyden (D-OR). While working with Senator Wyden, he developed a national reputation as a legislative strategist, helping move legislation in diverse issue areas including health, technology, natural resources, taxation, energy, financial services, and trade. He is credited by Senator Wyden and others as having been the architect of many notable legislative and political successes, playing a pivotal role in the enactment of the Secure Rural School and Community Self-Determination Act, the Healthy Forests Restoration Act, and the Mount Hood, Steens Mountain, Copper Salmon and Badlands Wilderness laws, among many others.
Prior to working for Senator Wyden, Kardon served as the energy and environmental adviser to then-Congresswoman Barbara Boxer of California, and later went on to run Boxer’s Washington, D.C. House office. Kardon also served as the staff director of an investigative subcommittee – Government Activities and Transportation – at the House Government Operations Committee.
In addition to his time on Capitol Hill, Kardon developed a two decade reputation as a highly-valued political adviser “equally well known in Oregon and Washington for his political acumen,” according to the Oregonian newspaper. He served as chair of the Hillary Clinton for president campaign in Oregon in 2008, and as a senior campaign adviser for many Oregon elected officials over the years, including Senator Wyden and Oregon Governors John Kitzhaber and Ted Kulongoski.
Kardon currently serves on the board of MERSCORP in Reston, Virginia.
A native of Raleigh, North Carolina, Kardon obtained his B.A. and J.D. from the University of North Carolina. He was honored with the Dean John A. Knauss Fellowship from the U.S. Department of Commerce to work on Capitol Hill.