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Michael Sozan is a senior fellow at American Progress, where he focuses on democracy and government reform. From 2015 to 2017, Sozan was American Progress’ senior vice president for Government Affairs, managing the institution’s interactions with federal, state, and local policymakers. Sozan joined American Progress in 2015, after two decades of work in the federal government and the private sector.

From 2004 to 2015, Sozan served in increasingly senior positions on Capitol Hill, where he oversaw successful strategies to implement commonsense, progressive policies designed to help the middle class and to enhance national security.

Immediately before joining American Progress, Sozan worked for six years as chief of staff to former U.S. Sen. Mark Udall (D-CO). As Udall’s top adviser, he managed the senator’s policy, political, communications, and administrative teams, guiding them to significant victories in areas such as clean energy, intelligence community reform, and consumer rights. Additionally, Sozan was the principal point person on Sen. Udall’s groundbreaking work that helped repeal the military’s outmoded “don’t ask, don’t tell” policy.

From 2006 to 2008, Sozan served as the legislative director for former Sen. Jim Webb (D-VA), where—among other achievements—he implemented the successful strategy that led to the passage of a modernized GI education bill for post-9/11 veterans. Before that, Sozan served as counsel to Sen. Bill Nelson (D-FL).

Sozan also worked as an attorney in the executive branch for the U.S. Department of Justice, as well as at the Federal Communications Commission. Sozan’s private sector work includes practicing law at the international law firm of Arnold & Porter LLP, where he counseled corporate clients in the areas of technology and telecommunications while maintaining an active pro bono practice focused on protecting asylum seekers’ and immigrants’ rights.

Immediately after his graduation from George Washington University Law School, Sozan served as a judicial law clerk on the Virginia Court of Appeals. He graduated from the College of William and Mary with a bachelor’s degree in government.

Sozan has been quoted and his work has been cited in a wide range of media outlets, including The Washington Post, The New York Times, USA Today, Politico, NPR, and MSNBC, and Harvard University Law School republished one of his reports. He also has testified as an expert witness in state legislative hearings.

By Michael Sozan
Momentum Grows for Bold Democracy ReformCenter for American ProgressFebruary 10, 2021
The Need for a White House Office of Democracy ReformCenter for American ProgressJanuary 15, 2021
How the Biden Administration Can Reduce the Political Spending of Foreign-Influenced U.S. CorporationsCenter for American ProgressDecember 22, 2020
Stop political spending by foreign-influenced U.S. firmsThe Mercury NewsDecember 15, 2020
Recruiting and Retaining Poll Workers During the Coronavirus PandemicCenter for American ProgressSeptember 21, 2020
States Must Boost Voter Registration During the COVID-19 PandemicCenter for American ProgressJuly 29, 2020
Citizens United Paves Way for Foreign Governments to Influence U.S. ElectionsInsideSourcesJanuary 29, 2020
Senate Impeachment Trial Must Include All Important EvidenceCenter for American ProgressJanuary 13, 2020
Ending Foreign-Influenced Corporate Spending in U.S. ElectionsCenter for American ProgressNovember 21, 2019
Fact Sheet: Ending Foreign-Influenced Corporate Spending in U.S. ElectionsCenter for American ProgressNovember 21, 2019
Trump’s Impeachable Conduct Strikes at the Heart of the Rule of Law: Part 2Center for American ProgressOctober 18, 2019
The Founders Would Have Impeached Trump for His Ukraine-Related MisconductCenter for American ProgressSeptember 26, 2019
10 Far-Reaching Congressional Ethics Reforms to Strengthen U.S. DemocracyCenter for American ProgressApril 25, 2019
Bold Democracy Reforms That Build on H.R. 1Center for American ProgressApril 10, 2019
Recent Political Scandals the ‘For the People Act’ Would Prevent From RecurringCenter for American ProgressFebruary 4, 2019
Warning Lights Are Blinking Red: It Is Time to Secure Our Elections from Ongoing Russian AttackCenter for American ProgressJuly 27, 2018
Solutions to Fight Private Prisons’ Power Over Immigration DetentionCenter for American ProgressJuly 16, 2018
Congress Can Protect Midterm Elections with the Disclose ActThe HillJuly 3, 2018
State Election Security Spending Guidance for 2018 OmnibusCenter for American ProgressApril 2, 2018
State and Local Actions for Improving Election SecurityCenter for American ProgressMarch 14, 2018
Election Security in All 50 StatesCenter for American ProgressFebruary 12, 2018
On HAVA’s 15th Anniversary, Congress Needs to Make U.S. Elections More SecureCenter for American ProgressOctober 26, 2017