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Former congressman starts consulting firm

Former congressman starts consulting firm

Ed Tibbetts


Former U.S. Rep. Jim Nussle said Wednesday he’s formed a company that will offer consulting, government relations and lobbying services.

The Republican who represented the Iowa Quad-Cities from 2002 to 2006 said his company, which will include two former staffers, will draw on his expertise in government and the budget process.

Nussle, 48, was the White House budget director during the last 16 months of the Bush administration. He also chaired the House Budget Committee for five years when he was in Congress.

Nussle said his experience in government will be valuable to clients, whom he would not disclose. “It gives me a unique advantage,” he said.

Nussle said he would not be a registered lobbyist but that lobbying is a service the company can provide.

The firm will focus on fiscal and economic analysis, management and business development, strategic planning and politics, according to a news release.

The company’s mailing address is in Alexandria, Va., but it also maintains a presence in Manchester, Iowa, according to its Web site. Nussle has a home there.

The firm is called The Nussle Group.

Nussle was elected to Congress in eastern Iowa in 1990, and he picked up the Quad-Cities as part of his district after boundaries were redrawn in 2001. He left Congress after an unsuccessful bid for governor in 2006.

Nussle did not rule out a future run for office but said Wednesday, “I am not planning on or have any design on running for anything.”

Joining the former congressman are Barbara Snitker, a high-ranking assistant in his congressional office and when he was budget director, and Chris Bliley, who was his congressional chief of staff and also held a post in the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.



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