Director of Legislative Outreach and Strategic Initiatives

Aaron Jones

Aaron Jones serves as the Director of Legislative Outreach and Strategic Initiatives.  Prior to joining the Committee for a Responsible Federal Budget, he served as the founding director of Congressional Relations at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars where he engaged Congress with briefings, podcast production, educational and travel programs for congressional staff.  He joined the Wilson Center after working on Capitol Hill, where he served for eight years in the office of Rep. Hal Rogers (KY).  While working for Congressman Rogers, he handled policy issues on an array of topics including health care, transportation, energy, and agriculture.  He was also deeply involved in the appropriations process, working on a daily basis on legislation with the Appropriations Committee.

Aaron attended Morehead State University in Kentucky (B.A.) and received his Masters from the U.S. Naval War College in Newport, Rhode Island.  His expertise is in federal budgeting, the appropriations process, bipartisanship, legislative history and U.S. politics.  He frequently speaks on these topics for college and university classes, as well as for business and civic groups.  He has also published many articles providing institutional and historical context to the workings of the legislative branch, appeared as a commentator on television on these topics, and has testified to Congress as an expert on the institution. Contact him at