David Kieve has amassed more than 15 years of experience working on legislative and political campaigns.
As a political operative, Kieve has held senior roles in campaigns to elect candidates to the offices of President, Governor, Congress, the U.S. Senate, and helped elect the current Mayors of two of the five largest cities in our Nation. He’s also held some junior roles, too, having gotten his start cheerfully knocking on people’s doors in suburban Des Moines ahead of the 2004 Iowa Caucuses.
On the legislative front, Kieve worked for a number of years on a successful campaign to update the nation’s federal chemical safety framework for the first time in 40 years. At the bill signing ceremony, President Obama called the legislation’s passage proof that “even in the current polarized political process, things can work,” and Senator Ed Markey said that the bill, the Frank R. Lautenberg Chemical Safety for the 21st Century Act, “could be one of the most historic moments in environmental law in our country.”
Other notable legislative campaigns in which Kieve has played a role include the passage of the first ever stand-alone fix to Dodd-Frank, the Insurance Capital Standards Clarification Act. The grasstops campaign Kieve led in support of the bill helped convince liberal Senators like Elizabeth Warren and Sherrod Brown that the bill was worthy of their support and would not give Republicans an opportunity to “open up” Dodd-Frank to dilute it. Demonstrating a nimble and efficient strategy, the campaign later pivoted to help convince Republicans, most notably the Chairman of the House Financial Services Committee, that the legislative fix was badly needed, and that trying to use it to gain other concessions would jeopardize something that our nation’s life insurance providers badly needed.
In one of his first Hilltop projects, Kieve was also involved in a successful, multi-year fight to block legislation that would have allowed health insurance, which has traditionally been regulated primarily at the state level, to be sold across state lines. The legislation would have permitted sellers to exclude people with pre-existing conditions and would not have included life-saving benefits that those covered often took for granted were included in their plans and which were required by many states.
Kieve has also led organizing campaigns outside the legislative process. When NFL team owners locked out the players for 4 ½ months during the 2011 offseason, Kieve helped deflate the owners’ argument that the lockout was “a private dispute between millionaires and billionaires” by overseeing a community organizing campaign in strategic NFL communities. This campaign elevated the voices of fans, local business owners, elected officials, and others who benefit from weekly games in their cities and generated headlines from coast-to-coast calling on the owners to end the lockout. The lockout ended without the cancellation of a single regular season game.
A proud native of the District of Columbia, Kieve lives in his hometown with his wife, Kate, and their two kids, Hugh and Margaret Ruth, and their dog, Buck.