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Robert Bixby
Executive Director

Robert L. Bixby is executive director of The Concord Coalition, a nonpartisan organization that encourages fiscal responsibility in Washington and helps educate the public about the federal budget and the need to protect our children and future generations from excessive government debt.

Bixby joined Concord in 1992 and served in several positions, including policy director and national field director, before being named executive director in 1999. He has served as a member of the Bipartisan Policy Center’s Debt Reduction Task Force (the Domenici-Rivlin commission), which produced a model plan for comprehensive fiscal reform.

He frequently speaks around the country on the nation’s fiscal challenges and possible bipartisan solutions, including greater government efficiency, tax reform and improvements in the entitlement program. He has testified at congressional hearings and been interviewed by news organizations around the country. Bixby has appeared on ABC, NBC, CBS, PBS, CNN and Fox News.

He and The Concord Coalition’s “Fiscal Wake-Up Tour” were also featured prominently in the critically-acclaimed documentary film “I.O.U.S.A.”

Bixby has a bachelor's degree in political science from American University, a juris doctorate from George Mason University School of Law, and a master's degree in public administration from the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University. Before joining Concord, he practiced law and served as the chief staff attorney of the Court of Appeals of Virginia. 

Recent Publications

Swing Voters and Uncertain Costs
June 17, 2021
This week on Facing the Future we examined what’s on the minds of swing voters with Rich Thau, President of Engagious, a firm that specializes in public opinion research. Thau has been conducting a series of focus groups across the country with people who voted for Trump in 2016 and for Biden in 2020. 
Dead Men Still Ruling: Can We Shift Priorities?
June 09, 2021
This week on Facing the Future, we looked at some longer-term budget and economic issues that are crucial for understanding President Biden’s policy agenda and whether it would fully address the challenges ahead, Joining me for this discussion was Eugene Steuerle of the Urban Institute, one of the nation’s top experts on the budget, economic growth and taxes.
Biden Presents His Budget
June 03, 2021
This week on Facing the Future, we took a close look at President Biden’s much-awaited Fiscal Year 2022 federal budget. My first guest was Marc Goldwein, Senior Vice President and Senior Policy Director of the Committee for a Responsible Federal Budget. Later, I was joined by Steve Robinson, Chief Economist of The Concord Coalition.