Lobbying Hires

Jim Nussle lands credit union job

Jim Nussle, a former George W. Bush administration official and Iowa congressman, has been named the new leader of the Credit Union National Association.

About 100 “highly qualified” candidates were considered in the “exhaustive search,” the trade group said on Tuesday. It has been looking for a new president and chief executive after its former leader, Bill Cheney, stepped down earlier this year.

“Jim’s selection as our CEO follows a comprehensive search process,” said Susan Streifel, the vice chair of the CUNA board of directors and chair of the executive search committee.

{mosads}Nussle served as the director of the White House’s Office of Management and Budget during the Bush administration, from 2007 to 2009, and served eight terms in Congress as a representative from Iowa.

CUNA spent more than $4.8 million on lobbying in 2013, and could be on pace to outdo that number this year. In the first six months of 2014, the group spent $2.54 million lobbying the federal government.

“I have witnessed first-hand the enthusiastic advocacy of the nation’s nearly 7,000 credit unions and I look forward to working with them to ensure the credit union message and policy priorities are clearly understood in Washington and nationwide,” Nussle said in a statement.

After leaving government, the former congressman founded a consulting firm that bears his name, The Nussle Group, and served as a founding board member of Growth Energy, a trade group for ethanol producers and supporters, ultimately becoming its president and chief operating officer.

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