CAPITOL 6 ADVISORS
Capitol 6 Advisors is a full-service, multi-discipline firm that provides long-range strategic public policy and public affairs consulting, crisis management and brand positioning services.
In military terminology, “got your six” is the commitment to protect teammates from harm that comes from outside their field of vision. Similarly, the mission of Capitol 6 is to protect our clients and solve their most complicated problems.
Chris W. Cox served as an officer and the Executive Director of the NRA Institute for Legislative Action, the political and lobbying arm of the National Rifle Association, since 2002. He also served as Chairman of the NRA Political Victory Fund (PAC), President of the NRA Freedom Action Foundation and Chairman of NRA Country.
As NRA’s principal political strategist, Cox won wide praise for his work. Bloomberg News said “with Cox running NRA’s political activities, the group rolled to legislative and electoral successes.” Cox not only led NRA’s federal lobbying and campaign efforts, he also steered the group’s advocacy and political strategy in 50 state capitols.
Cox is a frequent analyst on national news programs and was a primetime speaker during the 2016 Republican National Convention. He has been published in The New York Times, the Washington Post, and other publications.
Prior to joining NRA in 1995, Cox served as a senior legislative aide in Congress, managing issues relating to the judicial system and criminal justice reform. He is a graduate of Rhodes College in Memphis. A Tennessee native, Cox resides in Virginia with his family.
Phil most recently served as the Senior Director of Corporate Relations at the Congressional Sportsmen's Foundation (CSF) in Washington, D.C., one of the nation's strongest and most active bipartisan outdoor advocacy organizations. For nearly a decade, Phil managed the Foundation’s sponsorships, which included corporate, foundation and individual partners. His affiliations with both industry and non-industry representatives helped CSF more than double in size during his tenure. His relationships with both executives and elected officials at the state and national levels made him a respected advocate on a broad range of policies.
Before joining CSF, Phil worked in the political campaign office of then-U.S. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid. In what was considered to be one of the most tightly contested Senate campaigns in the country, Phil worked closely with the finance, political and external governmental offices in Senator Reid’s successful re-election effort.
In addition to a career in politics, Phil has been intimately involved with agricultural and farm management operations, as well as the food and beverage industry. Phil is a graduate of Lynchburg College with a B.A. in American History and Communications. A Maryland native, Phil lives with his family in Annapolis.
David most recently served as Deputy Executive Director and General Counsel of the National Rifle Association’s Institute for Legislative Action (ILA) from 2002 to late 2019. In that capacity, David was one of the NRA’s principal political, policy and legal strategists. As ILA’s General Counsel, David led all of its efforts in the legal arena, overseeing a team of inside and outside counsel and achieving numerous victories in federal and state courts across the country. Perhaps most notably, he was responsible for the organization’s role in the landmark U.S. Supreme Court decisions in District of Columbia v. Heller and McDonald v. City of Chicago, in which the Court held that the Second Amendment to the U.S. Constitution guarantees the fundamental, individual right to keep and bear arms for self-defense.
In the political arena, David helped lead ILA’s election efforts in every cycle since 2002, overseeing direct mail, grassroots, digital, television and radio advertising. He was responsible for all aspects of ILA’s political campaigns, including creative message development, advertising production and placement, grassroots targeting and ILA’s extensive direct mail outreach.
Legislatively, David was instrumental in successfully enacting laws to protect self-defense and Second Amendment rights across the country. Among these was the Protection of Lawful Commerce in Arms Act, which protected U.S. firearms manufacturers from being driven into bankruptcy through frivolous lawsuits.
Through this experience, David developed a strong expertise in strategic communications and crisis management, as well as the ability to successfully design, develop and execute winning political and grassroots campaigns. Before joining NRA, David was a consultant with Hall, Green, Rupli and the Federalist Group, advising clients on a variety of intellectual property and telecommunications issues. From 1994 to 2001, he worked in the U.S. Congress, serving as Legal Counsel for Reps. Jimmy Duncan (R-Tenn.) and Lamar Smith (R-Texas), as well as Chief of Staff for Rep. Bob Goodlatte (R-Va.).
David is a graduate of Biola University and Loyola of Los Angeles Law School. He is a member of the California and U.S. Supreme Court bars. A California native, David resides in Virginia with his family.