Meet Kevin Ring – Vice President of FAMM, Speaker

In his role as vice president of Families Against Mandatory Minimums (FAMM), Kevin advocates against the automatic minimum sentences that Congress sets for certain crimes.  He is a former lobbyist and Senate Judiciary Committee counsel. Beginning in 2014, he spent fifteen and a half months in the Federal Prison Camp in Cumberland, Md., for his role in the Jack Abramoff lobbying scandal.  Now, he’s one of the most recognizable voices in the push for sentencing reform legislation.

Kevin has more than 20 years of conservative public policy, campaign, and issue advocacy experience to FAMM. He began his career in Washington, DC as a legislative aide on Capitol Hill. During his tenure, he served as counsel to the Senate Judiciary’s Constitution, Federalism, and Property Rights Subcommittee under the leadership of future US Attorney General John Ashcroft. He also served as executive director for the Republican Study Committee, the largest member organization in the US House of Representatives. Kevin became a lobbyist in 1999 and was twice named one of K Street’s Top Lobbyists. He is the author of Scalia’s Court: A Legacy of Landmark Opinions and Dissents (Regnery).  Like many critics of mandatory minimums, he argues that they take away needed autonomy from judges who might otherwise use their discretion in matching the sentence to the crime. The result of such laws, critics say, is overly harsh sentences for low-level offenders who are unlikely to reoffend.

Kevin speaks on:

  • Federal Criminal Justice System
  • Lobbying and Reform Measures
  • Federal Sentencing Guidelines (Mandatory Minimums)
  • Affects of Incarceration on Families
  • Prison Reform and Legislation

Kevin is a graduate of Syracuse University and The Columbus School of Law at Catholic University of America in Washington, DC.


See Kevin's recent presentation on the toll of incarceration, which he delivered at the CATO Institute.

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