Stephen joined The Keelen Group, LLC as Vice President in July of 2011 after 10 ½ years on Capitol Hill working for Congressman Timothy V. Johnson, a member of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee and the House Agriculture Committee for 5 terms. Prior to working on Capitol Hill, Stephen worked as a member of the Republican House Research Staff in the State Capitol of Illinois.
During his time on Capitol Hill, Stephen served as Acting Chief of Staff on 3 separate occasions, as the Legislative Director, and as a Legislative Assistant handling a portfolio of policy issues including Appropriations, Healthcare, Taxes, Education, Science, and the Budget. On the policy side, Stephen has broad experience drafting legislation and amendments, and executing an overall legislative strategy. In addition to his expertise in these specific areas, he coordinated all of the Congressman’s Appropriations work and oversaw the operations of the Washington, D.C. office. Given his Capitol Hill background, Stephen specializes in legislative strategy and is adept at crafting legislative proposals and working with Capitol Hill staff on both sides of the aisle to build consensus and winning strategies.
During his time at The Keelen Group Stephen has established robust government relations programs and serves as the chief Washington, DC representative for large companies, trade associations, and numerous diverse clients.
Born in Evanston, Illinois, Stephen graduated from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign with a B.A. in Economics and a B.A. in Sociology. He currently resides in Falls Church, Virginia with his wife Lori, and two children.