Published on Feb 28, 2016
James Allen “Jim” Nussle (born June 27, 1960) is the president and chief executive officer of the Credit Union National Association. He is a former American politician. Nussle served as a member of the United States House of Representatives from 1991 to 2007, was the Republican nominee for the 2006 Iowa gubernatorial election, losing to Democrat Chet Culver and was the director of the Office of Management and Budget from 2007 to 2009.
Nussle was born in Des Moines, Iowa. After high school, Nussle studied in Denmark (his political action committee (PAC) was at one time called “Great Dane PAC” and he is of Danish descent). He then received a B.A. in international studies, political science, and economics from Luther College in 1983, and a J.D. degree from Drake University in Des Moines in 1985. While at Luther he was a member of the Zeta Rho Tau fraternity and was the lead singer in a band called ZPT blues band. Nussle also founded the Luther College Republicans chapter during his time at Luther. Upon graduation from Drake University law school, Nussle took his first step in becoming a public servant when he was elected as the Delaware County, Iowa attorney in Manchester. While in Manchester, Nussle became a volunteer firefighter. Currently he is the president of a his own media consulting firm and chief operating officer of pro-ethanol trade association.
Nussle was nominated by George W. Bush to replace Rob Portman as OMB Director, and was sworn in on September 10, 2007. 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.
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 & 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.