Aaron Ringel | The Hijacked Press Conference

In this episode, we sit down with Aaron Ringel, the leader of the government relations team at the American Fuel and Petrochemical Manufacturers. But Aaron’s journey in politics didn’t start in boardrooms; it began on the front lines of political campaigns. 

🥊 Fight or Flight: Join us as we delve into Aaron’s experiences in the political trenches, where campaigns are more like boxing rings.

🎖️ From Battlefield to Ballot Box: We explore the unique transition from military service to the intense world of political campaigns.

🇺🇸 Stolen Valor Standoff: Hear the thrilling tale of Aaron’s time with former Congressman Michael Grimm’s campaign, where a claim of stolen valor led to an audacious press conference hijacking.

Prepare for a rollercoaster ride through the adrenaline-fueled world of campaign warfare, where quick thinking and bold actions can make or break a candidate. 🎉 


Aaron runs the day-to-day operations of American Fuel & Petrochemical Manufacturer’s federal government relations team. Most recently Aaron worked at the Coalition for a Prosperous America where he served as Vice President of International Policy and Advocacy. Before that, he served in both the U.S. Department of State and Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). In the State Department, he was Assistant Secretary of State for the Bureau of Global Public Affairs, a leadership role that included setting international public affairs strategy, overseeing operations and policy communications. Prior to that he was Senior Advisor at the State Department’s Bureau of Energy Resources. At EPA, Aaron worked as Deputy Associate Administrator for Congressional Affairs.

Before his work in the Executive Branch, Aaron worked for several Members of Congress including Rep. Richard Hudson (R-NC) and former Rep. Mike Pompeo (R-KS). He served more than eight years in the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve. He is a graduate of the University of Kansas.



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