Faculty: Robert A. Nixon
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.
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.
This course satisfies an elective requirement in the Master of Public Administration and Certificate in Politics programs.