About Kevin Dayton

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Kevin Dayton speaks to a delegation from Santa Clarita about problems with the California High-Speed Rail plan.

Kevin Dayton speaks to a delegation from Santa Clarita about problems with the California High-Speed Rail plan.

President & CEO Kevin Dayton has dedicated his professional career to these principles of government:

  • a free market economic framework
  • limited and minimalist government
  • economic and personal freedom
  • balanced budgets
  • low taxes and fees
  • reasonable regulations that are few in number and necessary for public order
  • adherence to the constitutional structure of American government, even when it is inconvenient, offensive, or an impediment to “solving problems”
  • a proper and segregated relationship between government and the institutions of commerce, marriage, family, and church

Dayton learned the following political arts and sciences during 23 years of comprehensive and challenging professional experience:

  • issue research and analysis
  • strategic planning and management for developing and implementing public policies
  • compiling historical records of activity on public policy issues
  • evaluating issues under a broad perspective of federal, state, and local government involvement
  • evaluating issues under a broad perspective of legislative, executive, and judicial branch involvement
  • developing and coordinating coalitions
  • encouraging interested parties to communicate with their government
  • public relations
  • political mailer conceptual design and message content (I contract out for the actual graphic work)
  • campaign strategy
  • campaign and issue advocacy fundraising

See Research Publications of Kevin Dayton.

After graduating from Yale University in 1992 with a B.A. in History, Dayton spent a few years in legislative branch public service analyzing federal public policies as an aide to U.S. Representative Gary A. Franks (R-Connecticut) in Washington, D.C. He then found a sanctuary for free market advocacy for more than 17 years holding various government affairs management positions to advance and defend the Merit Shop philosophy for Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC) at the federal level and then at the state and local levels in California.

Dayton was a member of the post-1994 election Associated Builders and Contractors National Government Affairs Department, described by National Journal magazine in October 1995 as The Mean Team: “…it is tenacious and favors the take-no-prisoners approach to litigation and lobbying…it’s just another day at the office for the ABC’s pugnacious team.” He subsequently created and directed the aggressive and principled Government Affairs programs for what is now the Northern California Chapter of Associated Builders and Contractors (formerly the Golden Gate Chapter) and for Associated Builders and Contractors of California.

Dayton was an appointee to the California Wage Board and the City of Roseville Sustainable Action Committee. He is a research analyst for the California Policy Center. He is on the Board of Advisors for the California League of Bond Oversight Committees. He is a former Adjunct Fellow in Labor Studies for the Pacific Research Institute.

While Dayton has a broad mastery of numerous policy issues (and is always trying to expand that mastery), his specialties are labor issues (particularly for the construction industry), public contracts, municipal bond finance, environmental issues, tax and budget issues, and California High-Speed Rail. Dayton particularly likes labor issues because “labor issues are passionate and personal, and much more exciting than fiddling around with the tax code.”


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Contact Kevin Dayton at the Dayton Public Policy Institute, a project of Labor Issues Solutions, LLC.