Ken Kies

Alumnus Ken Kies visits Voinovich School, explains the country’s fiscal crisis

Courtesy of Tom Hodson, WOUB
April 20, 2015

Kenneth J. Kies, managing director of the Federal Policy Group, recently shared his concerns about the enormity of the national debt and the apparent inability of the executive and legislative branches to address it effectively.

Kies is one of the nation’s foremost experts on taxation and federal budget matters. While visiting students and faculty at the Voinovich School of Leadership and Public Affairs, he spoke with WOUB’s Tom Hodson.

To listen to the original interview, visit the WOUB website.

Kies expressed grave concerns about Washington’s apparent gridlock in tackling major financial issues – especially those concerning Social Security, mounting interest payments and health care expenses.

Kies speaks about these issues from experience.  He has been a lobbyist concerning these matters and also, he has served at the top levels of government.  In 1995-1998, he was the Chief of Staff of the Congressional Joint Committee on Taxation and in 1982-1987, he was Chief Republican Tax Counsel to the House Ways and Means Committee.

Kies often serves as an expert for the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, ABC, CNN, Fox News, CSpan, MSNBC and National Public Radio.

In 2012, he was the first ever recipient of Ohio University’s Outstanding Federal Government Alumnus Award.  In 2001, he was one of three Medal of Merit award winners at Ohio University.  He received his undergraduate degree from OHIO in 1974.