Republican Strategist Dave Oxner Joins Cogent Strategies

Washington, DC – Cogent Strategies today announced that Dave Oxner, managing director and head of federal government relations for the Securities Industry and Financial Markets Association (SIFMA), will join its team starting March 18. With this latest hire, Cogent strengthens its bipartisan bench of seasoned lobbyists and deepens its financial services expertise. 

“Dave has played an instrumental role in some of the most pivotal financial services legislation in recent history,” said Cogent Founder and CEO Kimberley Fritts. “His unique understanding of banking, tax, cybersecurity and business issues gained during his time on Capitol Hill and in the private sector will prove to be an invaluable asset to Cogent clients – we look forward to having him on board.” 

“During his more than six years at SIFMA, Dave has been a forceful and substantive advocate for the industry and provided good strategic advice to SIFMA and our team,” added SIFMA President and CEO Kenneth E. Bentsen, Jr. “We wish him well in his new and exciting venture.”

Since 2012, Oxner has worked on the federal government relations team for SIFMA where he led advocacy efforts on behalf of the association’s more than 300 members, including representatives from the banking, broker-dealer, asset management and insurance industries. During his time at SIFMA, Oxner successfully secured language in the FY2015 Transportation, Housing and Urban Development (THUD) Appropriations Bill, played a leading role in the passage of the Cybersecurity and Information Sharing Act (CISA) and ensured the Fair Access to Investment Research Act of 2017 became law. 

Prior to SIFMA, Dave spent 10 years on Capitol Hill, most recently serving as senior policy advisor to Sen. Jerry Moran (R-KS). He previously worked for the House Financial Services Committee, managing the legislative process behind such historic initiatives as the bipartisan subprime lending reform measure, the Credit Card Act, the Troubled Asset Relief Program (TARP) and the Dodd-Frank Act.

“I am delighted to join a team of such tested, accomplished and well-respected consultants,” said Oxner. “I look forward to drawing on my policy background and legislative experiences to add to Cogent’s strengths – employing creative approaches to advocacy that combine policy with politics, data-informed targeting, messaging and communications. Clients in the financial services industry can definitely benefit from this kind of modern, outside-the-box thinking.”


Cogent Strategies, a certified woman-owned small business, is a boutique bi-partisan government relations, strategic communications and digital advocacy firm. Cogent team members focus on what they do best and what they are passionate about: solving big problems and seizing big opportunities—and staying ahead of the curve when it comes to how opinions are shaped, how audiences absorb and engage with media, and how policies gain political momentum. For more about Cogent, visit