Jonathan Kott

Partner /

Jonathan Kott is a partner at Capitol Counsel, LLC. He brings nearly 20 years of communications, policy, and political experience to the firm. Kott served as communications director and senior advisor to Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) for seven years. Helping the Senator navigate the Manchin-Toomey bill in response to the tragedy at Sandy Hook, attempts to repeal the ACA, the bipartisan immigration reform, and re-election in a state Donald Trump won by more than any other state in the country. Kott also served simultaneously as communications director for Senators Manchin and Chris Coons (D-DE) in 2016, returning as a senior advisor to Senator Coons in 2020. There, he helped the Senator in his role as a lead surrogate for the Biden campaign, through multiple Covid relief packages, and the second impeachment.

Along with his time on the Hill, Kott has represented Fortune 50 companies at Burson-Marsteller and helped craft moderate messaging and policy at Third Way. Jonathan began his career as an intern for Senator Schumer and Governor Cuomo in New York City.


  • St. John’s University

Positions Held

  • Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV), Washington, D.C. – Senior Advisor & Communications Director for seven years, including advising Senator Manchin during the 2018 re-election and managing his online fundraising operation.
  • Senator Chris Coons (D-DE) and Chris Coons for Delaware – Senior Advisor & Communications Director during the 2016 and 2020 campaigns. Secured multiple media profiles on the Senator and his role in the Senate as well as serving as a political advisor.
  • Big Tent Party, Washington, D.C. – Executive Director. Raised over $8 million to run issue-based digital ads to support Moderate candidates and moderate issues during the 2020 primary.