Jim Nussle

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James Allen Nussle was confirmed September 4, 2007, by the U.S. Senate as Director of the Office of Management and Budget.[1] Nussle replaces Robert J. Portman, who resigned.[2]

President George W. Bush nominated Nussle on June 19, 2007.[3]

Nussle was a Republican member of the U.S. House of Representatives from 1991-2007 representing the 1st District of Iowa, and because of redistricting, earlier representing the 2nd District. Nussle was defeated by Democrat Chet Culver in a bid Governor of Iowa in 2006. Democrat Bruce Braley picked up Nussle's old house seat.




Nussle was born June 27, 1960 in Des Moines, Iowa. He was educated at Luther College in Decorah, Iowa and Drake University in Des Moines, and was a lawyer before entering the House. When Tom Tauke made an unsuccessful run against Senator Tom Harkin during the 1990 election, Nussle ran as the Republican candidate for Tauke's seat and won.

His second wife, Karen Chiccehitto Nussle, worked for Speaker Newt Gingrich, then later for the lobbying firm of Black, Kelly, Scruggs & Healey, a foreign-owned lobbying firm. In 2002, she was a communications professor at the University of Dubuque and is a regular fixture in his gubernatorial campaign.


Congressional Career

Nussle's voting record has been relatively conservative, despite representing a district with a slight Democratic lean.

Nussle was elected to the U.S. House in 1990 in a close race. In 1992, Nussle ran against fellow House member David "Dave" Nagle for because the first and second district had been combined into one after Iowa lost a district after the 1990 census. Nussle won, even though he had only one term under his belt to Nagle's three.

Nussle's first 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. Nussle, and the rest of the Gang of Seven cast themselves as young, idealistic conservatives, looking to reduce corruption in congressional politics.

Gubernatorial Bid

When Iowa Governor Tom Vilsack announced that he would not seek a third term as Governor, Jim Nussle considered a run shortly after Vilsack made his announcement. On June 2, 2005 in Davenport, Iowa Nussle announced he would run for Governor in the 2006. Democrats nominated Bruce Braley and Republicans nominated Mike Whalen to contest the November 2006 election for his vacant seat. (See U.S. congressional elections in 2006) [1] Nussle lost the election to Democrat Chet Culver.

OMB Director

On June 19, 2007, following the resignation of Rob Portman as Director of the Office of Management and Budget, President Bush announced his nomination of Jim Nussle as his Portman's replacement. In order to become OMB Director, Nussle must first be confirmed by the Senate.[4]

Meet the Cash Constituents

Links to more campaign contribution information for Jim Nussle
from the Center for Responsive Politics' OpenSecrets.org site.
Fundraising profile: 2008 election cycle Career totals
Top contributors by organization/corporation: 2008 election cycle Career totals
Top contributors by industry: 2008 election cycle Career totals

Records and Controversies

Iraq War

Nussle voted for the Authorization for Use of Military Force Against Iraq Resolution of 2002 that started the Iraq War.[5]

For more information see the chart of U.S. House of Representatives votes on the Iraq War.

Committees and Affiliations

Committees in the 109th Congress (2005-2006)

Coalitions and Caucuses

  • Congressional Alcohol Fuels Caucus
  • Vice Chair, National Republican Congressional Committee
  • Co-Chair, Rural Health Care Coalition

Boards and other Affiliations

  • Member, Delaware County Farm Bureau
  • Deleware County Economic Development Committee, Manchester Area Chamber of Commerce
  • Volunteer Firefighter, Manchester Fire Department.

More Background Data

Wikipedia also has an article on Jim Nussle. This article may use content from the Wikipedia article under the terms of the GFDL.

Articles and resources

See also


  1. "U.S. Senate confirms Jim Nussle as budget chief," Reuters, September 4, 2007.
  2. William L. Watts, "Portman steps down as Bush budget chief," MarketWatch, June 19, 2007.
  3. News Release: "President Bush Nominates Congressman Jim Nussle as Director of the Office of Management and Budget," Office of the White House Press Secretary, June 19, 2007.
  4. Steven T. Dennis, Jennifer Yachnin and Emily Pierce, "Nussle to Replace Portman at OMB," Roll Call, June 19, 2007.
  5. Roll call vote, Authorization for Use of Military Force Against Iraq Resolution of 2002.

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