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Robert A. Nixon

President and Founder, State House Strategies

Robert A. Nixon is founder and President of State House Strategies, a government affairs consulting firm in New Jersey.  He also serves as Director of Government Affairs for the New Jersey State Policemen’s Benevolent Association, New Jersey’s largest law enforcement union.  Since becoming a lobbyist, Mr. Nixon has made a name for himself as one of Trenton’s leading legislative lobbyists and strategists. 

He began his career in New Jersey government in 1993 as a political consultant and legislative aide to elected officials, including to former State Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Bill Gormley.  Prior to and since becoming a lobbyist in 1995 he has managed a variety of municipal, State Senate, General Assembly and Congressional races in the State.  Mr. Nixon also has served on several State and local Boards and Commissions including membership on the New Jersey Schools Development Authority where he serves as Chairman of the Audit Committee of the Authority.  In November 2012 he was elected to a four year term as a Councilman for Jackson, NJ where he acts as Chairman of the Council Committees on Economic Development, Administration and Finance.

He received his undergraduate degree in Politics from Saint Joseph’s University and a Master of Governmental Administration degree from the University of Pennsylvania where he currently serves as an Adjunct Professor teaching a course that focuses on government relations, American Government and Practical Politics at Penn’s Fels Institute of Government.  Mr. Nixon was honored with the Faculty of the Year award at the Institute’s commencement in 2013.

Courses Taught

Instructor: Robert A. Nixon
Course Section: 001
On-Campus Day(s): Thursday
On-Campus Time: 6:00pm-9:00pm
Course Description:

In a system of representative government, organizations and individuals with interests at stake often seek the support of a governement relations professional. This course addresses government relations from the varying perspectives of the current or aspiring professional, the client, and the government official. It is designed to provide the students with an introduction to government affairs and lobbying at the local, state, and federal levels of governement and to illustrate how lobbying and the lobbyists shape and affect public policy. The course is not designed as a how-to in lobbying, but, rather, it is designed to expose students to lobbying and, more importantly, the lobbying process. To that end, students will draw on many disciplines, such as psychology, law, history, political science, urban affairs, economics, foreign policy, domestic policy, and others, to understand the complex mosaic of the lobbying and legislative processes.

Government Relations Fall 2016 On-Campus
Instructor: Robert A. Nixon
Course Section: 001
Day(s): Thursday
Time: 6:00pm-9:00pm
Course Location: On-Campus
Course Description:

In a system of representative government, organizations and individuals with interests at stake often seek the support of a government relations professional. This course addresses government relations from the varying perspectives of the current or aspiring professional, the client, and the government official.

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Fels Institute of Government
University of Pennsylvania
3814 Walnut Street
Philadelphia, PA 19104

Phone: (215) 898-2600
Fax: (215) 746-2829

felsinstitute@sas.upenn.edu