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Jim Nussle
Jim Nussle small.jpg
36th Director of the Office of Management and Budget
In office
September 10, 2007 – January 20, 2009
PresidentGeorge W. Bush
Preceded byRob Portman
Succeeded byPeter Orszag
Chair of the House Budget Committee
In office
January 3, 2001 – January 3, 2007
Preceded byJohn Kasich
Succeeded byJohn Spratt
Member of the
U.S. House of Representatives
from Iowa
In office
January 3, 1991 – January 3, 2007
Preceded byTom Tauke
Succeeded byBruce Braley
Constituency2nd district (1991–2003)
1st district (2003–2007)
Personal details
James Allen Nussle

(1960-06-27) June 27, 1960 (age 62)
Des Moines, Iowa, U.S.
Political partyIndependent (since 2021)
Other political
Republican (before 2021)
Spouse(s)Leslie Nussle (Divorced 1996)
Karen Nussle
EducationLuther College (BA)
Drake University (JD)

James Allen Nussle (born June 27, 1960) is an American businessman and retired politician who has been president and chief executive officer of the Credit Union National Association since 2014. Nussle served as a Republican member of the United States House of Representatives from 1991 to 2007 and was the Republican nominee for the 2006 Iowa gubernatorial election, losing to Democrat Chet Culver. He was then appointed director of the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) in 2007 by President George W. Bush, an office he retained until 2009.

Early life and career

Nussle was born in Des Moines, Iowa. After high school, Nussle studied in Denmark. He then received a B.A. in international studies, political science, and economics from Luther College in 1983,[1] and a J.D. degree from Drake University in Des Moines in 1985.[2][3][4] After graduation from Drake University law school, Nussle was elected as the Delaware County, Iowa attorney in Manchester.[2]

Political career

Congressional career

In 1990, then 2nd congressional district representative, Tom Tauke, ran against Senator Tom Harkin.[5] Nussle ran as the Republican candidate for Tauke's House seat against Eric Tabor and won.[6][7]

In 1992, as a result of redistricting, Nussle's district was merged with the 3rd congressional district of Democrat David R. Nagle. Nussle defeated Nagle and won reelection.[8]

Nussle's first exposure to national attention came when he made a speech from the well of the House while wearing a paper bag over his head to protest the "shameful" ethical behavior involved in the House banking scandal.[9]

He became Chairman of the House Budget Committee in 2001, the first Iowan to serve as chair of the committee. His position brought national and international interest to his district, including the ONE Campaign, the lobbying group formed by Bono of the rock band U2. The group has targeted Nussle's district with billboard and radio ads. On March 23, 2006 they placed a statement in Nussle's article on English Wikipedia, regarding poverty in Africa and Nussle's budget influence, hoping to influence Nussle. The statement was quickly removed by editors as it violated English Wikipedia policies on maintaining a neutral point of view. On March 24, 2006, The Des Moines Register contained a story about this revision in which ONE confirmed that they had placed the statement.

Nussle's voting record was relatively conservative, despite representing a district with a slight Democratic lean. He had a lifetime rating of 85 from the American Conservative Union. His district has voted for the Democratic presidential candidate in every election since 1988. Typical conservative positions Nussle embraced are supporting restrictions on abortion and supporting President Bush's tax cuts. His district was renumbered as the 1st District as a result of the 2000s (decade) round of redistricting, and became even more Democratic with the addition of much of Iowa's share of the Quad Cities. However, Nussle was reelected handily in 2002 and 2004.

2006 gubernatorial bid

When Iowa Governor Tom Vilsack announced that he would not seek a third term in 2006, a number of people from both parties began exploring running for the governorship. That included Nussle, who began considering a run shortly after Vilsack made his announcement. On June 2, 2005, Nussle announced he would run for the position. His only serious primary challenger, Bob Vander Plaats, withdrew from the race to endorse Nussle and become his running mate.

On February 21, 2006, the Iowa Democratic Party filed an ethics complaint against Nussle for not reporting any in-kind donations from the federal "Nussle for Congress Committee". On July 12, 2006, the Iowa Ethics and Campaign Disclosure Board unanimously voted to close the investigation with a finding of no probable cause to believe that a violation of a statute or rule under the board's jurisdiction occurred.

On June 6, 2006, Nussle won the Republican primary, but lost the general election to Iowa Secretary of State Chet Culver on November 7 by a wide margin.[3] After the defeat, he first started his own consulting business.[3] In 2007, he was nominated to become Director of the Office of Management and Budget by President Bush.[10]

Three Republicans and four Democrats announced their intentions to seek the House seat Nussle was vacating in January, 2007. The primaries pared the candidates down to Democrat Bruce Braley and Republican Mike Whalen. Braley won Nussle's former seat.

OMB Director

Nussle with President George W. Bush in 2007
Nussle with President George W. Bush in 2007

Nussle was nominated by George W. Bush to replace Rob Portman as OMB Director. He was sworn in on September 10, 2007.[11] A March 9, 2005 quote of Nussle's was included in the 2006 World Almanac and Book of Facts's list of notable quotes in 2005 (p. 39): "Everyone wants to get to heaven, but no one wants to die." According to the almanac, the quote refers to opposition to his proposed budget, which included cuts to several earmarks and programs; the statement was made during Nussle's tenure as House Budget Committee Chairman.

Post-political career

After leaving the Bush Administration in January 2009, Nussle founded The Nussle Group, a media and strategic consulting firm. In November 2010, Nussle became president and COO of Growth Energy. In September 2014, it was announced that he would become the president and chief executive officer of the Credit Union National Association, a trade group for credit unions.[3][12]

In 2021, Nussle said that he would no longer affiliate with the Republican Party, following the January 6 United States Capitol attack.[13]

Election history


  1. ^ Yang, John (14 July 1997). "Vote This Week On a House GOP Post May Reflect Discontent with Gingrich". The Washington Post.
  2. ^ a b Glover, Mike (28 April 2006). "Nussle's political career began while in college". Iowa State Daily. Retrieved 2020-07-13.
  3. ^ a b c d DeWitt, Jennifer. "Nussle to lead trade group". The Quad-City Times. Retrieved 2020-07-13.
  4. ^ Locin, Mitchell (26 November 1994). "GINGRICH TURNS TO FRESH VOICE TO ASSIST THE TAKEOVER". Chicago Tribune. Retrieved 2020-07-13.
  5. ^ Glover, Mike (1990-09-16). "Iowa Senate Race Sets Spending Record". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 2020-07-15.
  6. ^ "Iowa Attorney General's aide charged with drunken driving". The Gazette. Retrieved 2020-07-15.
  7. ^ Morgan, Dan; Priest, Dana (1990-11-08). "THE MIDWEST". Washington Post. ISSN 0190-8286. Retrieved 2020-07-15.
  8. ^ "NATIONAL ELECTION RETURNS : THE MIDWEST". Los Angeles Times. 1992-11-04. Retrieved 2020-07-15.
  9. ^ Cummings, Jeanne (1998-06-12). "Shift by Rebel GOP Congressman Reflects Party's Philosophical Split". Wall Street Journal. ISSN 0099-9660. Retrieved 2020-07-15.
  10. ^ Silva, Mark (24 July 2007). "Budget chief: 'Do I really need to know this stuff?'". Chicago Tribune. Retrieved 2020-07-13.
  11. ^ E. Michael Myers (2007-09-10). "Nussle sworn in as budget chief". Retrieved 2008-10-26.
  12. ^ Raab, Marian (September 9, 2014). "CUNA Picks Former Congressman As New Chief Executive". Credit Union Journal. Retrieved September 9, 2014.
  13. ^ Pfannenstiel, Brianne (January 7, 2021). "Former Iowa Congressman Jim Nussle: 'I will no longer claim I am a Republican' after Capitol riots". Des Moines Register. Retrieved November 5, 2022.

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