Kurt Couchman joined Defense Priorities after six years as a policy expert in congressional offices. Most recently, he was Legislative Director for a Republican member of the House of Representatives. He has developed initiatives and built coalitions in diverse fields such as foreign affairs, defense, trade, health care, transparency, housing finance, banking, and budget process, including two bipartisan balanced budget amendments with more than 60 co-sponsors each. He previously conducted Legislative Affairs for the Cato Institute, including expanding the influence of its foreign and defense policy scholars on Capitol Hill. He has also advocated for private industry in the energy and chemicals fields. He holds a bachelor’s degree in political science from Indiana University of Pennsylvania and the Robert E. Cook Honors College, as well as a master’s degree in economics from George Mason University.