Tristan R. Breaux

Principal, Cozen O’Connor Public Strategies

Washington, D.C.

(202) 912-4873

(202) 861-1905


(804) 762-6924

Tristan assists clients with strategies to address local, state, and federal housing, transportation, and education policy. Tristan has more than a decade of legislative and policy experience with the federal government, District of Columbia, and commonwealth of Virginia where he built extensive relationships across several key congressional committees including Education, Oversight and Reform, and Transportation. Most recently, Tristan served as the legislative director to Rep. Joe Cunningham, a member of the Veteran’s Affairs and Natural Resources Committees.

Tristan served for six years as the district director and deputy chief of staff for Delegate Holmes Norton, a senior member on the House Transportation & Infrastructure (T&I) Committee and chair of the T&I Subcommittee on Highways and Transit. In this capacity, Tristan served as a liaison to the District Government, Maryland, and Virginia on various issues surrounding mass transit and regional transportation development.

Tristan served in various local and state roles in the commonwealth of Virginia, including time as a legislative assistant with the Virginia State Senate, where he focused on issues regarding state higher education, high speed rail transportation, and appropriations.

In addition to his legislative and policy experience, Tristan also served as the vice president of policy & advocacy for the National Housing Conference where he advocated for ensuring safe, decent and affordable housing, with a strategic focus on increasing equity and equality in housing. Tristan was also the community affairs director for the Norfolk Sheriff’s Office, deputy political director for Tim Kaine for U.S. Senate and a civic engagement organizer for the NAACP.

Tristan earned his bachelor’s degree in a political science from Norfolk State University and his master’s in criminal justice administration from Liberty University.


Cozen O’Connor Public Strategies Continues Practice Expansion with the Addition of Lobbyist Tristan R. Breaux

February 04, 2021

Breaux will assist clients with strategies to address federal, state, and local housing, transportation, and education policy with a strong focus on the state of Virginia and the District of Columbia.


  • Liberty University, M.S., 2015
  • Norfolk State University, B.A., 2013

National Democratic Club, Member, 2016-Present

Norfolk State University Foundation, Inc., Board of Directors, 2019-Present

ThriveDC Homeless Shelter, Advisory Board, 2019-Present

Young Democrats of America, Black Caucus Chairman, 2017-2019

Washington Math, Science & Tech Public Charter High School, Board of Trustees (Secretary), 2016-2018

Mayors Juvenile Justice Advisory Group, At-Large Commissioner, 2017-2018

Mayors Commission on Poverty Reduction, Ward 7 Commissioner, 2011-2013