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.
CHRIS W. COX ANNOUNCES DAVID LEHMAN WILL JOIN CAPITOL 6 ADVISORS AS VICE PRESIDENT
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Chris W. Cox, one of the country’s most successful public affairs strategists and problem solvers, today announced that David Lehman will join Capitol 6 Advisors as Vice President. With this addition, Cox continues to grow his firm, having added Phil Hoon as Vice President last month. Launched in August and headquartered in Washington D.C., Capitol 6 Advisors is a full-service public affairs and public policy agency that provides long-range strategic consulting, crisis management and brand positioning services for companies and organizations with complex problems.
“David Lehman is one of the most savvy and strategically smart leaders I’ve ever worked with. We’ve spent nearly 18 years as colleagues and I couldn’t be more thrilled and honored that he’s joining us at Capitol 6 Advisors. David and I have been through tremendous battles together over the years and I am lucky to have him at my side again,” Cox said of Lehman.
Lehman most recently served as Deputy Executive Director and General Counsel of the National Rifle Association’s Institute for Legislative Action (ILA). For nearly two decades, Lehman was one of the NRA’s principal political, policy and legal strategists.
“To succeed in business, it takes an unwavering dedication to quality, both in product and in relationships. David Lehman has consistently demonstrated that dedication throughout his career,” said August A. Busch III, former Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of the Anheuser-Busch Companies. “David’s integrity and expertise in executing winning campaigns, along with Chris Cox, will make Capitol 6 Advisors the preeminent consulting firm in Washington.”
“After 25 years of complex problem-solving in the political, legislative and legal arenas, I am excited to join Chris Cox and Phil Hoon at Capitol 6 Advisors to put those skills to work on behalf of our clients,” said Lehman.
"To succeed in business, it takes an unwavering dedication to quality, both in product and in relationships. David Lehman has consistently demonstrated that dedication throughout his career."
— AUGUST A. BUSCH III, former Chairman and CEO of Anheuser-Busch Companies
CHRIS W. COX CONTINUES TO BUILD OUT NEW FIRM, ANNOUNCES VICE PRESIDENT OF CAPITOL 6 ADVISORS
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Chris W. Cox, one of the country’s most successful public affairs strategists and problem solvers, today announced he’s expanding his new firm, Capitol 6 Advisors, by bringing in Phil Hoon to serve as Vice President. Launched in August and headquartered in Washington D.C., Capitol 6 Advisors is a full-service public affairs and public policy agency that provides long-range strategic consulting, crisis management and brand positioning services for companies and organizations with complex problems.
“Phil Hoon is one of the most dedicated and respected leaders I have encountered in Washington,” Cox said. “He will play an integral role in the growing team at Cap6 and I am thrilled to welcome him aboard.”
Hoon 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 outdoor advocacy organizations. For nearly a decade, Phil managed the Foundation’s relationship with corporate partners, helping it double in size during his tenure.
Richard Childress, NASCAR legend and team owner of Richard Childress Racing, said “In the racing business, it’s all about teamwork. That’s why I have no doubt Chris Cox will build Capitol 6 Advisors into a powerhouse, because Chris is the ultimate team builder. Phil Hoon will make a great addition in creating yet another undefeated team.”
“Phil Hoon has operated at the highest levels, dealing with elected national leaders and corporate executives,” Childress continued. “He operates with the highest integrity, and his skill and loyalty have made him effective at everything he does."
“After nearly a decade of helping grow and build an effective operation in Washington and across the country, I am thrilled to join Capitol 6 Advisors to help solve challenging issues for a diverse group of clients,” Hoon said.
“Phil Hoon operates with the highest integrity, and his skill and loyalty have made him effective at everything he does.”
— RICHARD CHILDRESS, NASCAR legend and team owner of Richard Childress Racing
CHRIS W. COX, WASHINGTON’S TOP PROBLEM SOLVER, LAUNCHES CAPITOL 6 ADVISORS
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Chris W. Cox, one of the country’s most successful public affairs strategists and problem solvers today announced the formation of Capitol 6 Advisors, a full-service public affairs and public policy agency headquartered in Washington, D.C.
“Capitol 6 Advisors will provide long-range strategic public policy and public affairs consulting, crisis management and brand positioning services for companies and organizations with complex problems,” Cox said.
Since 2002, Cox has served as the lead political and policy strategist for the National Rifle Association as the Executive Director who headed up the group’s Institute for Legislative Action (NRA-ILA) and served as Chairman of the NRA Political Victory Fund (PAC), conducting policy, legal and campaign initiatives at the state and federal level across the country. Cox also served as President of the NRA Freedom Action Foundation and Chairman of NRA Country.
Cox has been involved in over two decades of electoral and policy success at every level from the local, state and federal level to the international arena. Most recently and notably, he was chief strategist for the NRA during the winning 2016 election cycle in which NRA-backed candidates won the White House, the U.S. Senate and the U.S. House of Representatives.
“Chris Cox is not only a brilliant strategist, he is also a cool and steady leader who unravels complicated problems,” said Tommy Milner, former C.E.O. of national retailer Cabela’s Inc. “He understands how to get things done in Washington more than just about anyone I have ever seen.”
Under Cox’s leadership and vision, NRA-ILA was Donald Trump’s most important ally in the 2016 Presidential election. When nearly every other organization backed away from Donald Trump, Cox had the vision to see a pathway to victory even in the face of doubters.
Cox will now apply his quarter century of communications, electoral and legislative experience for corporate clients, associations, candidates, and non-profits, laying out a vision for Capitol 6 that goes far beyond the traditional D.C. government affairs framework. “In military terminology ‘got your six’ is about the commitment to protect a comrade 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 – from brand strategy to unanticipated reputational and economic harm and also active mitigation of that harm when it occurs,” said Cox.
Cox noted that he intends to deploy for clients the most advanced and sophisticated tools he successfully developed and used in the past three decades – efforts that involved the most branding and multi-layered legislative problem solving in the country.
“My entire career has been a policy making and electoral laboratory driven by the need to successfully solve complex problems,” Cox added. “At Capitol 6 we offer an integrated platform that applies for our clients the most successful digital, data and advocacy tools available.”
“It’s a new chapter in my career and an exciting opportunity to help a diverse array of clients benefit from my 29 years in the public policy and electoral arena,” concluded Cox.